MSC in the Post-Gazette: The PG Missed Critical Context in Reports on Fracking

The Post-Gazette’s June 12 story and June 14 editorial on the American Medical Association’s hydraulic fracturing-related resolution (“AMA Blasts Secret Shale Records” and “Healthy Interest: The Public Must Know Fracking Solution Content,” respectively) failed to provide critical context and verifiable facts. First, consider the source — or as President Ronald Reagan said: “Trust, but verify.” […]

Exhaustive EPA Study Reaffirms Hydraulic Fracturing’s Clear Safety Record

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MSC President Lays out the Facts in Altoona Mirror

Several basic facts related to the revenue generated by responsible shale gas development were ignored in a recent Altoona Mirror editorial (“Shale tax needs to be implemented,” Jan. 4). Not only does your outlet fail to mention the $630 million generated through a natural gas impact fee tax or the $2.1 billion in tax revenue […]

Newspaper Editorials Slam Cuomo’s “Bad Science”

Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement this week to ban responsible natural gas development in New York, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, small and large businesses, manufacturers, elected officials and nationwide media outlets are all questioning the “bad science” at the core of this highly-politicized decision, calling it a “sad day for the future of the […]

Clean, Abundant U.S. Natural Gas Continues to Break Records

This week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Natural Gas Annual report, reflecting the unquestionable benefits tied to the shale revolution well underway across America, including the fact that record amounts of natural gas were both produced and consumed across the nation and regionally. As we know, increased production and use of clean-burning […]

What President Obama & His Administration Are Saying About American Natural Gas

This week, President Obama will travel to northeastern Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York State. The President, and his administration, recognize the clear benefits tied to the safe development of clean-burning American natural gas. We welcome the President, and Vice President Biden, to our region this week to see firsthand how Pennsylvania’s natural […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: Natural Gas Industry to Gov. Markell: “Move Forward”

Last November, Delaware Gov. Jack A. Markell was putting on the brakes when it came to natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin. Last month, he was extolling the virtues of natural gas at an event to celebrate the conversion of a coal-fired power plant in Dover to natural gas. And didn’t the natural […]

Built Ford Tough-And Powered By Clean Natural Gas

With sales rising nationwide for natural gas-powered vehicles, “Ford is expanding its lineup of vehicles for buyers who want to run on clean natural gas to include its bestseller, the F-150 pickup,” as the USA Today reports today. The savings and air quality-enhancing benefits associated with compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles are undeniable. In […]

MSC in New York Times: Methane Claims “Based on Flawed Research”

Anthony R. Ingraffea’s most recent attack on natural gas (“Gangplank to a Warm Future,” Op-Ed, July 29) is based on flawed research. As Mr. Ingraffea hangs onto his 2011 paper’s assertions about methane controls, science has emerged and passed him by. He conveniently does not mention the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory, released in […]

Clean, American Natural Gas: Providing Local, National Benefits

The many uses of natural gas continue to benefit local Pennsylvanians as well as our economy – and environment – on a national scale. Job growth, environmental stewardship and community engagement are at the core of our industry’s Guiding Principles. And by nearly all accounts, these are commitments made and kept. Last week, in fact, […]

Planes & Automobiles: Consumers Continue to Benefit from Natural Gas

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Our region’s robust supply of clean-burning natural gas continues to play a key and growing role in Powering Pennsylvania’s Transportation Sector. This week, in fact, a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station and Marcellus Shale-related benefits for Pittsburgh International Airport made big headlines. CONSOL Energy’s partnership with Allegheny County to safely produce […]

New ACC Study: Natural Gas Advances Chemical Industry’s Competitiveness, Investments

This week, yet another study was released underscoring the far-reaching benefits of clean, abundant American natural gas. Authored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the report examines how “Abundant supplies of shale gas have transformed America’s chemical industry from the world’s high-cost producer five years ago to among the world’s lowest-cost producers today.” The report, […]

New Studies Reinforce Positive Impact of Safe Natural Gas Development

Straightforward, fact-based evidence continues to mount in support of clean-burning American natural gas, which is Powering an American Renaissance. As the Associated Press reports today, the “recent dramatic discoveries of vast U.S. oil and gas reserves are helping to lift the American economy out its long funk.” The article concludes – among other things – […]

By The Numbers: Natural Gas Powering America’s Economic Engine

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Earlier this week, President Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, told Congress that “‘a stunning increase’ in production of domestic natural gas in recent years was nothing less than a ‘revolution’ that has led to reduced emissions of carbon dioxide,” as the Associated Press reports under […]

Natural Gas: A Unifying Issue for America

The safe development of job-creating American natural gas is without question Powering an American Renaissance. And while these associated benefits are clear, and support for clean-burning domestic natural gas is strong and growing stronger, so too is the sharp divide in public opinion on the major issues of the day – principally immigration reform, healthcare, […]

State of Key Pa. Rivers Growing Stronger Alongside Safe Natural Gas Production

Pittsburgh, Pa. – While there continues to be a great deal of public focus on the safe, effective and tightly-regulated development of clean-burning American natural gas, especially as it relates to protecting our water resources, the health of several key Pennsylvania rivers are strong – further demonstrating that natural gas development can, and must, be […]

MSC Engages Public With Natural Gas Facts, Counters ‘Promised Land’

Pittsburgh, Pa. – With the movie Promised Land opening in theaters across the nation today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is launching a campaign in Pennsylvania theaters and on social media channels to respond to the work of fiction with real facts and responsible conversation around the issue of natural gas development. In theaters across […]

What They Are Saying About Safe, Job-Creating American Natural Gas Production

Pittsburgh, PA. ­– More jobs, a stronger competitive edge for America in the global economy, and strengthened national energy security. These are among the many clear and undeniable benefits associated with the responsible development of clean-burning American natural gas, which is Powering an American Renaissance. And here’s what they’re saying: BROAD-BASED ECONOMIC BENEFITS TIED TO […]

Science, Public Opinion Continue to Mount in Favor of NY Marcellus Development

Despite the overwhelmingly clear evidence that clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale can be safely developed in New York, Gov. Anthony Cuomo unnecessarily continues to embrace a hurry-up-and-wait approach tantamount to a de facto moratorium. In fact, the New York Times reports today that “the state’s Health Department found in an analysis it […]

Top U.S. Intelligence Officials: Natural Gas Key to American Security, Job Growth

Last week, yet another study — available in full here — was released underscoring the global impact of clean-burning, job-creating American natural gas. The report, titled Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, was prepared by the National Intelligence Council of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODMI). The comprehensive ODMI study identifies key economic influencers, […]

Brookings Report: Driven by Shale Development, Pittsburgh Tops U.S. Economic Recovery Charts

Despite the lingering economic challenges our nation faces, particularly as it relates to job growth, following one of the sharpest recessions in a generation, the greater Pittsburgh region is strong and growing stronger, according to a recently released Brookings Institution analysis. In its report, which analyzed such economic indicators as employment growth and GDP per […]

New MIT Study Reinforces Environmental Effectiveness of Natural Gas Development

This week, yet another study was released underscoring the environmental effectiveness of onshore natural gas production specific to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). While some detractors of safe, tightly-regulated American natural gas development continue to lodge unfounded claims about this process — based on shoddy, widely panned data — the facts continue to speak for themself. […]

Marcellus-Related Benefits Expanding Across Philadelphia Region

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The safe, tightly-regulated development of clean-burning domestic natural gas is “firing up an old-fashioned American industrial revival,” strengthening “America’s role in the world,” and putting Pennsylvania on a path toward becoming an “American energy superpower,” all while “saving U.S. consumers billions” in more affordable energy costs. These positive benefits continue to take […]

Support for American Natural Gas Broad, Growing

Given the clear benefits associated with natural gas — more jobs, a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and strengthened energy security — it’s no surprise that the American people, especially those across Appalachia, continue to show broad support for the safe development of this abundant, job-creating resource. In fact, a recent Siena College poll — […]

What They’re Saying: The United States “Shale Overcome”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Through the safe, tightly-regulated development of America’s abundant natural gas resources, major shifts – both nationally and internationally – are taking place. These positive changes – ranging from strengthened American energy security, economic competitiveness and significant consumer savings – cannot be denied. Most importantly, this critical progress is taking place all while […]

Fact Check: Despite Baseless Claims, New PA Natural Gas Law Heightens Fracturing Disclosure

Fringe, Anti-Natural Gas Blog Concocts Fictional “Gag Order” Canonsburg, PA – Transparency is at the core of the region’s natural gas industry. The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) Guiding Principles, in fact, are underpinned by this fundamental commitment. Indeed, our Guiding Principles also emphasize the important role of maintaining a fact-based dialogue about the responsible development […]

MSC’s Steve Forde in the Scranton Times-Tribune: Gas Well-Regulated

Editor: Sharon Guynup’s recent column (“Close fracking loopholes,” Feb. 27) lodges a series of claims about the responsible and well-regulated development of job-creating American natural gas that are simply unsupported by the facts. It’s clear that Ms. Guynup – who’s from Hoboken, N.J. – does not have a full appreciation for the host of state […]

Fact Check: Rebuked NYT Reporter Cherry-Picks Lease Claims to Advance Anti-Natural Gas Agenda

Canonsburg, Pa. – The New York Times reporter whose agenda-driven tactics aimed at the American natural gas industry have been rebuked by even the paper’s public editor, is at again. True to form, the latest piece highlights a narrow universe of individuals who signed straightforward contractual agreements to lease their minerals for production and, in […]

MSC to EPA: “Clean-burning natural gas has undeniable air quality benefits”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – At a public U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing today, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president and executive director Kathryn Klaber underscored the fact that “clean-burning natural gas has undeniable air quality benefits.” Klaber strongly recommended “a 60-day extension” for the rulemaking comment period, given the host of proposed air regulations related to domestic […]

MSC Statement on NJ Gov. Christie’s One-Year Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

FLASHBACK: Christie Pulls New Jersey From 10-State Climate Initiative “because [state] is relying more on natural gas…to fill its energy needs” (5/26/11) Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition president and executive director Kathryn Z. Klaber issued the following statement regarding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to enact a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing: “Our […]

New Federal Data Highlights Staggering Amount of Clean-Burning American Natural Gas from the Marcellus Shale

USGS: 4,100% increase in technically recoverable Marcellus natural gas from 2002 Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – an independent research arm of the Interior Department – released an updated assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, considered to be second largest natural field in the […]

MSC Statement on Dept. of Energy Panel’s Shale Gas Recommendations

Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, after several months of hearings and public input, a U.S. Department of Energy panel released a set of “consensus-based” recommendations regarding the shale gas development process. Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, issued the following statement: “Taken together, these fact-based recommendations represent yet another key step […]

Scranton Times-Tribune: Toomey talks shale in Wyoming County

BY JOSH MROZINSKI and ROBERT L. BAKER U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Monday said he is introducing legislation in September to repeal a federal mandate that requires municipalities and states to replace road signs. The congressman announced his plans after meeting with local officials at Scranton City Hall the same day he met with business […]

Wall Street Journal: Left for Extinct, a Steel Plant Rises in Ohio

By CLARE ANSBERRY AUGUST 2, 2011 “The steel and shale-gas industries are symbiotic to some degree“ YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—On the edge of the Mahoning River, where once stood dozens of blast furnaces, more than 400 workers are constructing what long has been considered unthinkable: a new $650 million steel plant. When complete, it will stand 10 […]

MSC Statement on Proposed EPA Air Regulations

Canonsburg, PA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a series of proposed air emission regulations surrounding the development of American natural gas and oil. The proposed regulations are a result of a “consent decree”, or settlement, stemming from a federal lawsuit brought forth by two groups – based in New Mexico and […]

By The Numbers: What Responsible Clean-Burning American Natural Gas Development Means For NY

Canonsburg, PA – Real progress is being made in New York State toward responsibly developing abundant supplies of clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation. Recently, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its updated draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), the proposed regulatory framework for shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing, […]

5 Quotes About Hydraulic Fracturing

Canonsburg, PA – This evening, a U.S. Department of Energy panel focused on hydraulic fracturing – a tightly regulated 60-year-old energy stimulation technology – will hold a public comment forum on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College. Here are five quotes about fracturing that everyone attending should know: Lisa Jackson, President Obama’s Environmental Protection […]

The Economic Opportunities of Shale Energy Development (Manhattan Institute)

Directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing have unlocked vast new reserves of natural gas in the United States. Development of these resources is now well under way in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Unlike their neighbors to the south, however, New York residents are not directly benefiting from natural gas development as the result of a government-imposed […]

What They’re Saying: Shale Gas Development Moving Country Toward Cleaner Energy Future, Diminishing the Middle East’s Strategic Importance

New York Times Columnist Joe Nocera: “The country has been handed an incredible gift with the Marcellus Shale. With an estimated 500 trillion cubic feet of reserves, it is widely believed to be the second-largest natural gas field ever discovered. Which means that those of you who live near this tremendous resource have two choices. […]

Five Things to Know about the Cornell Shale Study (Courtesy of Energy In Depth)

(Courtesy of Energy In Depth) | PERMALINK Five Things to Know about the Cornell Shale Study Almost year to the day after first attempt to smear shale gas fails, Howarth back at it again with new report set for release this week Call it an annual rite of spring for the community of Ithaca, N.Y. […]

MSC on New Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Site: “Positive Step Toward Further Heightening Transparency”

Canonsburg, PA – After months of collaborative efforts led by the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC),  www.FracFocus.org officially launched yesterday. The site, funded in part by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, will disclose the additives used in the hydraulic fracturing process on a well-by-well basis. These […]

Wheeling News-Register Editorial: “Keep Drilling Rigs at Work”

http://www.news-register.net/page/content.detail/id/553796/Keep-Drilling-Rigs-at-Work.html?nav=511 Keep Drilling Rigs at Work April 6, 2011 By The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register “Moratoriums such as New York’s make no sense in view of the gas drilling industry’s environmental record. We are aware of no serious, proven environmental problems with Marcellus Shale wells. … Americans need all the help we can get with […]

A Preview: DRBC Hearings

More supplies of clean-burning, American natural gas. A cleaner, stronger energy future. The potential for tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and an economic revival across rural America. Those are key themes that will play out later this week as the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) holds public comment hearings in Honesdale, Pa., Liberty, N.Y., […]

Responsible Marcellus Shale Production Creating a “Long-Awaited Economic Revival”

Fmr. PADEP secretary says hydraulic fracturing is “safe” for the environment The responsible development of the Marcellus Shale’s abundant, clean-burning, homegrown energy reserves continues to foster ‘An American Renewal’. And as laid out in the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Guiding Principles, our industry is committed to getting this historic opportunity right: protecting the environment for our […]

Delaying drilling will hurt N.Y.

By Kathryn Z. Klaber Ithaca Journal // Press & Sun Bulletin // Elmira Star-Gazette January 17, 2011 “The irony is that New York consumes more natural gas than any state east of the Mississippi, with more than 30 percent of the state’s electricity derived from it (10 percentage points above the national average) and more […]

What They’re Saying: Marcellus Industry Underscores Commitment to ‘Getting it Right’

MSC President Underscores Industry’s Commitment to ‘Getting it Right’: “Game-changer” and “revolution” are two words being thrown around to describe the Marcellus shale, a natural gas industry spokeswoman said. And, the potential impact that shale drilling can have — on the economy, on communities, on the environment — just underscores the importance for the industry […]

Marcellus Shale Saving Pennsylvanians Millions in Home Heating Costs

Some PA Residents to See Nearly 11 Percent Drop in Gas Bill Immediately; Even More Domestic Supplies on the Way Philadelphians to save more than $22.6 million over next three months alone UGI customers to experience between 8.1 and 10.7 percent reduction in monthly bill Rates more than 13 percent lower than a year ago […]

Ridge: Philadelphia City Council’s Marcellus Hearings a Positive Educational Opportunity

Fmr. Governor Urges Forum to Remain Focused on Facts, Science, Potential Benefits of the Marcellus Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, the Philadelphia City Council’s Environment and Transportation & Public Utilities panels will hold a joint hearing focused on the responsible development of the Marcellus Shale’s clean-burning, job-creating natural gas reserves, which – by year’s end – […]

National Panel: PA DEP Oversight of Key Marcellus Technology “Merits Special Recognition”

Findings highlight how Pa. continues to lead the way in safe, responsible use of hydraulic fracturing Canonsburg, Pa. – Pennsylvania officials’ oversight and regulation of hydraulic fracturing, a critical technology for producing abundant reserves of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, is among the strongest in the nation. That’s the message delivered by a national […]

What They’re Saying: Responsible Marcellus Production Continues to Create Much-Needed Jobs, Economic Opportunity

Marcellus production “is creating jobs and boosting local economies” “Farmers are making investments in farms that were just dreams before the Marcellus Shale” “The opportunity for growth, job creation has not been seen since the late 1800s” Mighty Marcellus “Boosting Pa. economy”: “Forum panelist Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, […]