“Pipelines Mean Jobs”: Leading Labor Unions Urge Elected Officials to Support Energy Jobs & Infrastructure

In a recent Pittsburgh Tribune-Review letter titled “Pipelines Mean Jobs,” Jim Kunz – business manager of Local Union 66, International Union of Operating Engineers – highlights the critical importance of expanding natural gas infrastructure: “I know we could increase that [pipeline] capacity if activists would stop trying to shut down pipeline development, either by pushing […]

Build for Tomorrow by Investing in Energy Infrastructure Today

“Jobs in this industry have paved the way to a blue-collar, middle-class way of life for millions of families across our country.” – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of Laborers’ International Union of North American (LiUNA) This week is the seventh annual Infrastructure Week – a national week of advocacy and education that brings together business, […]

“Keep it in the Ground” Activism Costs Economic Growth, Union Jobs

Environmental extremism that’s blocked or delayed key energy infrastructure projects has caused more than $90 billion in lost economic growth nationwide, according to a report released this week from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The first-of-its-kind analysis calculates the economic losses stemming from 15 critical energy infrastructure projects around the country that have been the […]

Five Ways Energy Infrastructure Strengthens Pennsylvania

Energy infrastructure is the safest, most reliable form of connecting consumers, manufacturers, and power generators across our region to affordable, abundant natural gas. Some, however, such as Sen. Andy Dinniman, continue to make false claims that are wildly out-of-touch with hard-working, blue collar Pennsylvanians. Investments in pipelines are putting tens of thousands of laborers and […]

Labor Unions: A Key Partner in Pa. Energy Development

Against the Labor Day backdrop, while many of us are focused on backyard cookouts and back-to-school demands, the key partnership among our region’s building trades unions, energy producers and midstream companies is worth taking stock in and celebrating. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer has affirmed before, “our industry is deeply grateful for the critical and growing […]

Union Leader: Pipelines Are “Asset to Region”

Private investment in U.S. energy infrastructure can create more than 1 million new American jobs by 2035, according to an ICF report released this week. The study, conducted for the American Petroleum Institute, finds that natural gas development will continue to drive significant energy infrastructure investments – and related jobs – for a “prolonged period […]

Support Grows for Job-Creating Natural Gas Projects

“Pennsylvania is once again open for business.” That’s how Washington County Chamber of Commerce president Jeff Kotula described construction of the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipelines that will deliver natural gas from southwestern Pennsylvania to Delaware County’s Marcus Hook petrochemical and refining facility. The buildout of critical natural gas infrastructure projects such as pipelines, […]

Natural Gas Infrastructure Key to Realizing Shale’s Opportunity

The pipelines that enable the safe transportation of America’s clean-burning natural gas resources also create and support good jobs as well as affordable energy for consumers and manufacturers. As MSC president Dave Spigelmyer wrote recently in a Delaware Co. Times column, “To fully capitalize on our region’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources we must remain […]

Natural Gas Pipelines = “Lifelines” to Family-Supporting Jobs

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New Analysis Confirms Gov. Wolf’s Massive Energy Tax Hike Will Sting Pa. Families

The nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) once again confirms in a new report that Gov. Wolf’s latest proposal for even higher energy taxes would make Pennsylvania the nation’s highest natural gas taxed state. In fact, IFO concludes that the governor’s massive tax increase would lead to less overall natural gas production and higher energy costs […]

Fracking Bans Harm Middle-Class Families, Union Jobs, Environment

In the height of political campaigns, it’s often hard to separate fact and fiction. This is especially true as it relates tightly-regulated, job-creating natural gas development. Despite what some political candidates say, hydraulic fracturing is a safe, proven technology that is delivering energy savings for American families and manufacturers. What’s more, greater natural gas is […]

Labor Unions: Building a Stronger Pa. Energy Future

Our region’s building trade and construction unions have unquestionably established themselves as a critical shale industry supply chain partner. From infrastructure development to power generation construction projects, shale development is creating “family-supporting pay and good benefits” as well as “long-term middle-class job opportunities” for the region’s talented and hardworking union and building trades. And top […]

MSC in Del. Co. Daily Times: Shale Developers Partner with Unions for Pa.’s Future

For many, Labor Day marks a ceremonial end to the summer season — and for parents and kids alike, the beginning of a new school year. With no shortage of “end of summer” sales and thankfully, over the past several years, plenty of baseball here in town to still follow, the Labor Day holiday should […]

“Massive” Energy Tax Hike Threatens Shale’s Economic, Environmental Benefits

Consumers, manufacturers, and our environment are all benefitting from locally-produced, affordable natural gas. As laid out in a recent Scranton Times-Tribune news story under the headline “Gas and Power March Together,” the paper reports that shale development is creating a “wave of projects” that are generating reliable, affordable and clean electricity across the Commonwealth. Beyond […]

MSC in Butler Eagle: Higher Energy Taxes Jeopardize Shale’s Benefits

The Aug. 12 editorial “Plunging oil, stock prices weigh on Pa. severance tax” asked whether it is “prudent” to enact a massive energy tax increase. Pennsylvanians — local government officials and consumers as well as union members and small businesses — have a clear answer: Now is the absolute worst time to raise Pennsylvania’s energy […]

Top Labor Union Leader: “Couldn’t be a Worse Time for Higher Energy Taxes”

Shale development has been a boon for Pennsylvania’s economy – from consumer savings to good-paying union jobs, natural gas is delivering economic and environmental benefits throughout the Commonwealth. In a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette column, Jim Kunz of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66 writes that the shale industry has been a “godsend” for […]

New Study Highlights Shale’s “Significant Impact” for Pa.’s Economy

Sunoco Logistics’ pipeline infrastructure projects will generate nearly $4.2 billion in economic activity in Pennsylvania, support an estimated 30,000 construction jobs, and generate nearly $62 million in new tax revenues to the Commonwealth, according to a new study released yesterday by Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions, Inc. The infrastructure projects – driven by shale development – present […]

DOE Hearing Highlights: Shale Creating “a Huge Manufacturing Renaissance” and “Lifelines to Good Union Jobs”

Carnegie Mellon University was the stage this week for a U.S Department of Energy Quadrennial Energy Review public hearing focused on Natural Gas: Transmission, Storage and Distribution. Energy secretary Ernest Moniz – who has stated that shale development is “environmentally safe and economically stimulating” – led the forum, which included a diverse set of experts […]

American Natural Gas = American Jobs

Responsible shale development, especially across the Appalachian Basin, continues to be a powerful engine of economic growth, shared prosperity and upward mobility for countless of families and communities. Consider shale’s additional benefits: a manufacturing rebirth in America; economic and environmental stability for consumers; strengthened growth for our nation through common sense trade policies; and more […]