Job Creators ‘Punch Back’ Against Massive Energy Tax Hikes

Pennsylvania job-creators “punched back” – as the Associated Press reports – this week against the wave of new and even higher energy taxes passed recently by the state senate that will harm manufacturers, small businesses, and consumers alike. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said, Pennsylvania’s natural gas producers – which pay an impact tax that’s generated […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax an Effective, Winning Policy

Summertime – it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase. Despite the clear fact that Pennsylvania’s impact fee – our tax on natural gas, which has generated $1.2 billion in new revenue – is working, some in Harrisburg continue to be […]

The Right State Policies Can Drive Job-Creating Investment

Natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale region is “fueling a wave of investment in U.S. petrochemical plants,” CNBC reported this week. According to the report, shale gas production in the tri-state area, coupled with new investments in ethane cracking facilities – such as the project under construction in Beaver County – present an opportunity […]

Natural Gas Makes July 4th Celebrations Possible

As we celebrate Independence Day, it’s a good time to remember how America’s affordable, abundant natural gas resources makes backyard cookouts possible. From the propane to fire up the grill to the plastic in sunglasses and coolers, natural gas provides the building blocks to better lives, every day.

FACT CHECK: Higher Energy Taxes Hurt Jobs, Economic Opportunity

As budget negotiations in Harrisburg extend into a new fiscal year, a few, loud, voices have made baseless and downright false claims in arguing for a job-crushing massive energy tax increase. Here are the facts and show of support from the wave of Pennsylvanians – business, elected officials, labor, etc. – who support natural gas […]

Clean Natural Gas Fueling an ‘Energy-Dominant America’

The White House celebration this week of American energy dominance provides an opportunity to take stock in the many ways Pennsylvania’s abundant and growing supply of clean-burning natural gas is delivering benefits at home and abroad. Here are five examples of how the economic and environmental benefits of American natural gas are driving our revived […]

Pa.’s Natural Gas Impact Tax Generates $1.2 Billion, Keeps Revenues Local

Revenue generated by Pa.’s natural gas impact tax has topped $1.2 billion since 2011, the state’s Public Utility Commission announced recently. The upcoming distribution of more than $173 from Pa.’s unique tax on natural gas, is, as one Beaver Co. commissioner put it, “happy news for the commissioners and happy news for the county.” In […]

MSC Statement on Natural Gas Impact Tax Distribution Topping $1.2 Billion

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Today, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced $173 million in county and municipality impact fee disbursements for 2016, bringing the total generated from Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax to $1.2 billion in revenues since 2011. Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement on the latest impact fee distributions: […]

Natural Gas a “Godsend” for Pa. Communities, Economy

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Natural Gas: “A Clear Winner for Pa.”

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Pennsylvanians Benefit from Record Natural Gas Production

Pennsylvania held its spot as the nation’s second largest natural gas producing state, with a record 5.1 Tcf of clean-burning natural gas produced in the Commonwealth last year, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection’s 2016 Annual Oil & Gas Report. The agency’s report issued this week also shows that as production continues to […]

Top 5 (of Many) Reasons It’s #TimeToBuild Energy Infrastructure

As national Infrastructure Week kicks off, we’re reminded of the importance of expanding Pennsylvania’s energy infrastructure, which connect consumers, manufacturers, small businesses as well as power producers with our region’s abundant and clean-burning natural gas resources. Creating good-paying local jobs in the energy infrastructure space is something Pennsylvania voters overwhelming support, too. In fact, 85% […]

MSC in Times-Tribune: Pa. Must Remain Competitive

By David Spigelmyer After a challenging 2016, we’re beginning to see signs of a fragile energy market recovery. With efforts at the federal level to reform taxes and reduce bureaucratic red tape, states are engaged in a fierce competition for capital and job-creating investment resources. Energy-producing states have an advantage if they have the right […]

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 […]

Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Natural Gas Production Growth

Following a record-breaking year for Pennsylvania natural gas production, the federal government reported this week that Pennsylvania and Ohio led the nation in natural gas production growth last year. As the Energy Information Administration reports, Pennsylvania maintained its spot as the nation’s second-highest natural gas producing state, bolstered by “higher production from the Utica and […]

Natural Gas Earth Day Facts

Earth Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the important environmental progress that we continue to make – together – thanks to clean-burning American natural gas. Share these key facts across Twitter and Facebook to show your support for a healthy environment and a strong economy.

Independent Agency Confirms Again (and Again): Wolf’s Energy Tax Highest in the Nation

Governor Wolf’s massive energy tax increase proposal would give Pennsylvania the highest effective tax on natural gas development in the country, the non-partisan Independent Fiscal Office confirmed for the third time in three years this week. In fact, the governor’s tax hike – far from “moderate” or “sensible” – would set Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax […]

Pa.’s “Regulatory Logjam” Hurts Jobs

A regulatory logjam is hurting Pennsylvania’s competitiveness and slowing economic progress, according to a recent Associated Press report. The story, on an MSC analysis of state government data, found the time it takes for regulators to issue key natural gas development permits continues to worsen – topping more than 200 days for a permit that […]

STEM Education Key for Natural Gas, Manufacturing Careers

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Natural Gas Enhancing Air Quality

As production of clean, abundant Pennsylvania natural gas continues to break records, topping 5 trillion cubic feet last year, America is leading the world in reducing carbon emissions, new data from federal and international agencies confirms today. According to the International Energy Agency, the “surge in shale gas” drove U.S. carbon emissions to their lowest […]

With Natural Gas, Pa.’s Economy is Stronger, Environment Cleaner

This week, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, Peter Thiel, made the case that “fracking represents a bigger economic form of progress for our society as a whole than the innovation in Silicon Valley.” That’s a powerful statement – and one that’s strongly supported by any number of facts, figures, data, and studies. Consider the tens-of-thousands […]

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, […]

Energy Infrastructure Creates Pa. Jobs, Boosts Economy

With the promise of supporting more than 15,000 Pa. jobs – including many for highly trained union members – Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East II pipeline received regulatory approval this week, allowing construction to move forward on the critical energy infrastructure project. The $2.5 billion investment links shale development in Western Pa. to Delaware Co.’s Marcus […]

Local Leaders: Natural Gas Impact Tax Works

Five years ago, Pennsylvania enacted a tax on natural gas production – called the impact fee – that’s generated more than $1 billion in new revenue for communities in all 67 counties. This provision of Act 13 – a law passed with wide bipartisan majorities – continues to work as designed, directly benefiting communities as […]

Gov. Wolf’s Massive, Job-Crushing Energy Tax Proposal Falls Flat, Again

A months few back, in talking with voters about Pennsylvania energy development, Gov. Wolf promised that his administration would do “everything we can to make this part of the economy thrive.” Yet during his budget address this week, the governor — once again — proposed a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase on Pennsylvania job creators […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s 2017-2018 Budget Address

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “We’re disappointed that Governor Wolf continues to focus on additional energy taxes, which will further harm the Commonwealth’s economic competitiveness and cost good-paying, Pennsylvania jobs. “While we’re cautiously optimistic that the national energy market may begin […]

Pa. Manufacturers, Air Quality Stronger with Greater Natural Gas Use

Pennsylvania is realizing the manufacturing, consumer savings, and clean-air benefits of domestic natural gas, MSC’s David Spigelmyer made clear on this weekend’s Our Region’s Business program. As Spigelmyer discussed, Pa. manufacturers are creating jobs and planning long-term investments in the Commonwealth to benefit from natural gas. “New downstream manufacturing industries are taking hold as a […]

Abundant, Local Natural Gas Delivers Energy Savings

Thanks to natural gas development, the United States has reemerged as a global energy powerhouse and is on track to soon become a net energy exporter. This positive shift, which hasn’t been achieved since the Eisenhower administration, further strengthens America’s national security as well as our global competitiveness. While the shale revolution is making America […]

USA: A Global Energy Powerhouse

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Natural Gas Development Strengthens Pa. Communities

Natural gas development boosts local economies and benefits communities across the Commonwealth, a new study from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago confirms. Communities that welcome shale development, the study’s authors conclude, have stronger economies, more jobs, higher home values and experience an increase in government revenues, with areas across Pennsylvania’s Marcellus […]

Top Ten Shale Highlights of 2016

Responsible natural gas development continues to Move America Forward as Pennsylvania, once again, safely produced record amounts of clean-burning natural gas that’s boosting our economy, strengthening our air quality, driving a manufacturing renaissance, and enhancing America’s energy security. Here are the year’s top shale-related headlines: Natural Gas Strengthens America’s Air Quality Thanks to clean-burning natural […]

Natural Gas Boosts U.S. Economy, Environment & Energy Security

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Pa. Voters “Strongly Support” Energy Infrastructure Development

Support  for energy development and infrastructure growth is “nearly universal” among Pennsylvania voters, according to a new survey released by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Pa. Manufacturers’ Association. Specifically, the poll found “84 percent of Pa. voters support increasing energy development in the U.S.” Support for much-needed energy infrastructure development crosses party lines, […]

Marcellus Shale Transforms U.S. into an Energy Superpower

In a Tuesday morning headline, Bloomberg News asked the question: “Can the U.S. Become an Energy Superpower in 2017?” Well, it already is, thanks to American shale development. Now families, manufacturers, our environment, and national security are stronger because of the United States’ position as a global energy leader. Much of the credit for this […]

American Natural Gas Exports Boost U.S. Energy Security

For the first time since the 1950s, U.S. natural gas exports have surpassed imports, representing an historic milestone in America’s energy revolution, as Platts recently reported, that continues to deliver benefits for consumers, manufacturers, and our environment, while strengthening America’s influence abroad. This significant progress – which some would have never expected just a decade […]

What Would a Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Mean for Pa. Families?

What if responsible natural gas development were banned? How would that impact Pa.’s economy and working families? According to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Pa. would be one of the economically hardest hit states if responsible oil and natural gas were banned. In fact, according to the  report, the Commonwealth would […]

American Natural Gas Spurs Manufacturing Job Growth

America’s “manufacturing sector is experiencing a significant rebirth,” a new white paper by experts at FTI Consulting concludes. The key driver? Safe, responsible natural gas development. That’s right. The new report — “The Economic Benefits of a Continued U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance” — cites affordable and reliable American oil and natural gas as a principle driver […]

Natural Gas: Moving America Forward

Following its annual meeting this week, the MSC released a new video highlighting the progress that America continues to make thanks to domestic natural gas development. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said, “clean-burning natural gas is moving America’s economy, our environment and our security forward.” Click HERE to watch “Natural Gas: Moving America Forward” online. Here’s […]

MSC Releases New Video: “Moving America Forward”

State College, Pa. – During its annual meeting, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new video highlighting the industry’s growth and positive impacts, titled “Moving America Forward.” Click HERE to view this video online. “While 2016 has been a year of ongoing challenges, our industry – including countless local small businesses and regional building […]

MSC Challenges Specific, Costly Chapter 78a Regulatory Provisions

Pittsburgh, Pa. – David Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), issued the following statement regarding the organization’s challenge today to a limited number of Chapter 78a provisions: “Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) filed suit on behalf of its members and their employees challenging the validity of a limited number of specific provisions […]

New White House Report: Natural Gas Sparks American Manufacturing Revival

Driven by the safe development of natural gas , American manufacturing is making a comeback and creating good-paying jobs, a new White House report confirms. Thanks to shale,  domestic manufacturers have regained the competitive edge in the global marketplace that’s encouraging job-creating investments here at home. While Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently told a congressional […]

MSC in O-R: Greater production of natural gas must be encouraged

Donora is well-known for producing legendary baseball players, such as Stan Musial or the two Ken Griffeys. However, like many small Rust Belt communities across our region and especially in the Mon Valley, Donora has faced big struggles over the years. But the tide is starting to turn, and manufacturing jobs – once the heartbeat […]

EIA: Affordable Natural Gas Key “Driver” in Residential Electricity Savings

Citing affordable, abundant natural gas as the key “driver,” the federal government reports today that consumer electricity prices declined this year for the first time since the early 2000s. Coming on the heels of another federal report earlier this summer that credited affordable energy for “lowering the cost of living” for families, natural gas development continues […]

Manufacturing Jobs “The Crown Jewel” of American Natural Gas

U.S. natural gas production reached a record high in 2015 and “for the third consecutive year, Pennsylvania saw the largest total gain in annual production,” accordingly to recently released federal data. This new data also shows that overall natural gas use reached record levels in 2015, increasing nearly 3% from the previous year. That increased […]

SHALE INSIGHT 2016 Highlights Shale’s Regional Benefits

Joining with regional West Virginia and Ohio partners, SHALE INSIGHT™ returned to Pittsburgh this year with a clear focus on the economic and environmental opportunities that shale development presents for the Appalachian Basin and beyond. The two-day conference, which attracted more than 1,300 attendees from across the globe, featured engaging keynote speakers, panel discussions, and […]

Top 5 Must See Programs at SHALE INSIGHT 2016

Returning to Pittsburgh for its sixth year, SHALE INSIGHT 2016 opens this week with an exciting new partnership highlighting the entire region. Since the first SHALE INSIGHT in Philadelphia, the conference — which alternates between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — has established itself as a top-tier forum where leaders, experts, and policymakers discuss challenges and opportunities […]

Top U.S. Official Touts American Natural Gas on Capitol Hill

“The U.S. is also now the number one producer of natural gas in the world,” confirmed U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during a congressional hearing today. Thanks to responsible shale development – led largely by producers in the Commonwealth – America is more energy secure, families are realizing significant energy savings, Made in America is […]

Energy Producers Celebrate Partnership with Region’s Building Trades Unions

Pennsylvanians have read and heard about the need to expand natural gas infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth, but what can sometimes be lost in the public hearings and coverage of this debate is an answer to the very central question of why? Why is natural gas infrastructure the key to realizing shale’s full economic and environmental […]

Top Ten Natural Gas Tweets of the Week

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Top Ten Natural Gas Tweets of the Week

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