Beaver Co. Commissioner Testifies Before Congress: “Energy Drives Our Economy”

Thanks to natural gas development, Beaver County can be “proud of our past, but confident in our energy future,” Dan Camp, chairman of the Beaver County Board of Commissioners testified today before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. Camp, the youngest county chairman in Pennsylvania, highlighted the economic benefits that natural […]

Appalachian Basin Drives U.S. Oil & Gas Reserves to Record High

Pennsylvania saw the largest increase in proved natural gas reserves, the federal government reported last week, as total U.S. oil and natural gas reserves surged to record highs in 2017. U.S. proved oil and natural gas reserves – which refer to the best estimate of oil/gas that can be extracted given current technology and economic environment […]

Amazon Passed on Pa. So What’s Next?

Amazon passed on Pittsburgh and Philadelphia for its HQ2, but Pennsylvania has an opportunity to expand the “Amazons” that already exist. While the job opportunities and economic boost tied to Amazon would have been welcomed, now is the time to take stock of what we do have – of what is driving our economy, pushing […]

Cleaner Air, Cost Savings Drive Natural Gas-Powered Transit

“We appreciate the blessing we have under our feet in Indiana County and western Pennsylvania.”  – Indiana County Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael Baker Our abundant and affordable natural gas resource in Pennsylvania is producing energy savings for the state’s transit systems and environmental gains for all. In recent weeks, a number of compressed natural […]

Counties with Ethane Crackers See Job Creation, Higher Incomes

The ethane cracker plant under construction in Beaver County will raise both average income levels and local employment rates, according to a new study by two economic professors at Washington and Jefferson College. When complete, the Shell plant, which is the largest private investment in the state since WWII and one of the first to […]

Shale Gas Drives U.S. Chemical Manufacturing Resurgence

Abundant, local natural gas is fueling a U.S. chemical manufacturing resurgence, according to an updated American Chemistry Council (ACC) report, first released in 2013. U.S. chemical and plastics investment linked to shale development has exceeded $200 billion – this total figure includes investment in the creation, expansion, or the reopening of chemical and plastics facilities. […]

Natural Gas Operators Maintain Strong Regulatory Compliance Amid Production Jump

Pennsylvania natural gas production hit all-time highs last year and energy operators maintained a strong 95% regulatory compliance rate, according to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil & Gas Annual report. The results, released Friday, illustrate the continued efforts made by the industry to safely and responsibly produce abundant, clean-burning natural gas. Commenting on the […]

MSC: Proposed Ban on Natural Gas Development ‘Defies Sound Science, Responsible Policymaking’

The Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed ban on safe, responsible natural gas development “improperly infringes on property rights” and is motivated by political considerations instead of being based on sound science, the Marcellus Shale Coalition said in a public comment filed today. MSC’s submission of testimony to the commission comes as the comment period closes […]

Petrochemical Investments ‘Will Transform the Region’

Growing natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale and key investment decisions by international firms are fueling a transformative drive to develop a new petrochemical manufacturing industry in the region, Bloomberg reported this week. The multibillion-dollar ethane plant that Shell is building in Beaver County – the largest investment in Pennsylvania since World War II […]

Natural Gas Improving Lives in 2018 and Beyond

The calendar turned to 2018 with good news for American energy, as headlines promoted the promise of increased domestic natural gas and oil production. As the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Frank Verrastro told the Washington Post: “It’s a total turnaround from where we were in the ’70s.” America’s shale revolution is expected to […]

Thanksgiving: Powered by American Natural Gas

Our affordable and abundant supply of natural gas provides so much to make us thankful throughout the year, from lower energy costs and family-sustaining jobs to increased community benefits and opportunities for economic growth. At Thanksgiving, we are particularly thankful for all the ways clean-burning, American natural gas brings comfort to our families as we […]

Pennsylvania Must Remain Competitive

State lawmakers will soon start assembling a new spending plan after hearing Gov. Wolf’s thoughts on his budget priorities. It’s a chance for our leaders to enact policies that Pennsylvanians have made clear they want to see: job-creating opportunities that encourage investment and make the Commonwealth more competitive. It’s a message voters sent in November, […]

American Natural Gas = Local Jobs, Innovation, Global Investment

Natural gas development continues to generate more opportunities across Pennsylvania for manufacturing growth and innovation as companies such as Shell, Siemens and Lanxess realize the benefits of doing business here. “It’s in nearly every single consumer product we touch today,” including steel, glass, plastics, pharmaceutical medications, powdered metals and fertilizers, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer told […]

We’re Thankful for Clean, Abundant American Natural Gas

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for our domestic energy revolution and the hundreds of thousands of hard-working men and women who produce affordable, reliable supplies of clean American natural gas in the Marcellus Shale and elsewhere. In less than a decade, America’s energy outlook has transformed from scarcity […]

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 […]

What They’re Saying About Clean-Burning American Natural Gas

The U.S. is on track to export more natural gas than it imports for the first time in 60 years, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA). The administration credits America’s “abundant supply of shale gas” for the historic shift, noting that our nation’s resource base can support both growing domestic and international energy […]

Pennsylvania is “Blessed with Marcellus Shale”

The safe development of clean-burning American natural gas continues to create environmental and economic benefits for the Commonwealth, our nation and our allies abroad. Pennsylvania is absolutely “blessed with Marcellus Shale” natural gas, which is creating small business opportunities, consumer savings and impact tax revenues that benefit families and communities alike. Here’s what they’re saying: […]

Top 10 Halloween Items Made with Natural Gas

There’s a good chance your Halloween will be filled with products made with petrochemicals sourced from natural gas and oil. Here are several of the many common Halloween products made possible by natural gas!

Separating Higher Energy Tax Fact from Fiction

This week, even more fact-based opinion pieces straightforwardly separate higher energy tax from fiction. As we know, massively higher energy taxes on natural gas will hurt our economy and jeopardize local jobs all while generating far less revenue than claimed and causing families to shoulder more burden. Here’s what they’re saying: Williamsport Sun-Gazette editorial The […]

MSC Talks Shale Benefits on PCN

MSC president Dave Spigelmyer highlighted the economic and environmental benefits of responsible shale development on PCN this week. In the interview and call-in segments, Spigelmyer also underscored the fact that higher energy taxes risk thousands of good-paying jobs and threaten our economic opportunity for the Commonwealth. Here’s more from the interview: On Pennsylvania’s manufacturing rebirth, […]

Shale Fuels Pa.’s Economic Resurgence

Throughout the entire Commonwealth, responsible shale development is fueling Pennsylvania’s economic revitalization. This clear fact is reflected, once again, in two new studies. Academics at both Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) examined shale’s broad economic benefits, including job creation, and the findings couldn’t be more encouraging. Washington County – home […]

MSC in York Dispatch: Tax on Drillers Would Jeopardize Jobs

A Feb. 14 editorial endorsing Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for higher taxes on natural gas production fundamentally fails to recognize the basic economic realities associated with capital investment and continued job growth. Despite the paper’s claims, higher energy taxes would squander a tremendous opportunity and jeopardize the small business and union jobs, as well as […]

New Carnegie Mellon Study Highlights Environmental, Economic Benefits of LNG

According to new a Carnegie Mellon University study – the first peer-reviewed paper of its kind – exporting clean-burning U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) “would help reduce global GHG emissions” and such policy will be “good for the climate.” This research follows a recently released White House Council of Economic Advisers report, which underscores the […]

MSC in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Severance Tax Ignores Shale Gas Market Realities

A recent column (“Pennsylvania Needs and Can Afford a Shale Gas Severance Tax,” Jan. 18 Forum) offers a false narrative about basic economic realities associated with new energy taxes, capital investment and continued job growth. These academics, who have collaborated with advocacy groups for new taxes on job creators, ignore the fact that shale development […]

20 Obama Administration Quotes About U.S. Shale

Tonight, President Obama will address the nation in his annual State of the Union Address. With an inevitable focus on America’s outlook, here’s what the President and key members of his administration have said about safe and responsible natural gas development, which is a powerful engine for job growth and opportunity. ECONOMIC GROWTH President Obama: […]

Agriculture and Energy: Powering Pa.’s Economy

The 99th annual Pennsylvania Farm Show – “the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits” — kick offed this weekend in Harrisburg with much fanfare. This event showcases the Commonwealth’s deep and rich agricultural history. And thanks to safe and responsible shale development, farmers […]

Top Obama Admin. Official: Fracking Bans “The Wrong Way To Go”

Last week, President Obama’s Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, weighed-in once again on the critical importance of safe, well-regulated American oil and natural gas development, and specifically the use of hydraulic fracturing technologies. In an interview with KQED – Northern California’s regional NPR affiliate – Secretary Jewell, a trained petroleum engineered offered her insights, noting that […]

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 […]

EIA, U-T Respond to Nature’s “Inaccurate and Distorted Reporting” on Shale

This week, a top U.S. Energy Information Administration‘s (EIA) official responded to a recent Nature article that “badly misconstrued” the facts and presents a “very misleading view” of American shale gas production and overall reserves. In a letter [pdf.], EIA’s deputy administrator Howard Gruenspecht underscores the fact that Nature’s story is based on “inaccurate and […]

PwC Report: U.S. Shale “Triggers a Resurgence in Manufacturing”

“There’s no doubt that the shale gas boom in the U.S. helped trigger a resurgence in manufacturing.” This was the primary finding of a new PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study released today. Commenting on the report, Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Robert McCutcheon, PwC’s U.S. industrial products leader, adds: “Reducing costs, creating jobs and supporting investments and innovations are among […]

New CBO Report Highlights Shale’s Economic Benefits

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) – a “strictly nonpartisan” agency that “conducts objective, impartial analysis” – issued a new report, “The Economic and Budgetary Effects of Producing Oil and Natural Gas From Shale,” detailing the clear national benefits tied to responsible shale development. According to CBO, American shale gas – which now represents […]

Marcellus Shale Creating Regional Opportunities, National Growth

Safe, job-creating American shale development continues to climb at a “breakneck pace”, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) monthly drilling productivity report released yesterday. And based on EIA’s new data, Reuters reports that our nation’s natural gas production growth is “driven primarily by output from the Marcellus.” President Obama recently highlighted these important […]

Natural Gas Reserves Reach “Record High”

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves report released today found “U.S. total natural gas proved reserves increased 10% in 2013 and reached a new U.S. record of 354 Tcf.” Within that “record growth”, EIA states that Pennsylvania had the largest increase, and when coupled with West Virginia, the […]

MSC lays out the “Marcellus Facts” in Butler Eagle

A recent letter to the editor from Len Schoettker is riddled with misinformation and claims that simply run contrary to the facts. Eagle readers and my neighbors in Butler County deserve accurate information, not rhetoric designed to divide this community and instill fear. Here are some important facts and context: According to the U.S. Environmental […]

Shale Generating Local Careers For Next Generation of Energy Leaders

Shale development continues to be a powerful source of job creation of our nation’s economy. And while the industry is responsible for meaningful employment gains, despite the broader economy’s slow recovery from the Great Recession, a sizable gap between senior oil and natural gas professionals and millennials remains — a gap that our region’s shale […]

American Natural Gas Delivers “Tremendous Small Business and Job Growth”

A new report out this week by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council – a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization advocating on behalf of small businesses nationwide – found that the energy industry is “adding new businesses and jobs at a far greater pace than the overall economy.” The analysis also found that […]

Pennsylvania Tops List of U.S. “Energy Giants”

The responsible development of clean-burning natural gas from the Marcellus Shale continues to reach record levels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest monthly drilling productivity report. At current production levels, the Marcellus Shale is on track to produce 25 percent of America’s natural gas demand in 2015. And to think that in 2008, Pennsylvania […]

Shale Revitalizing Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Economy

Shale development continues to benefit the entire Commonwealth – our economy, workers, small businesses, consumers, air quality, as well as our region’s manufacturing base. It’s also increasingly clear that these benefits are reaching each and every county, including southeastern Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2012, an IHS study found that “the phenomenal growth of shale […]

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 […]

MSC in Tribune-Review: Impact Fee Tax Overwhelmingly Benefits Pennsylvania

Tom Wolf’s pledge to add a severance tax on energy producers is irresponsible and does not take into account the downside for most Pennsylvanians and the communities where they live. His potential job-crushing energy tax on shale development would harm Pennsylvania’s economy, cost jobs and shortchange the potential benefits for the long-term success of our […]

Happy 10 Years, Marcellus Shale!

October marks the tenth anniversary of the first Marcellus Shale natural gas well being successful drilled. This historic discovery, pioneered by MSC member Range Resources Corporation, has led an economic, energy security, and manufacturing renewal for the Commonwealth and the nation. This revolution is helping to create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs; driving energy […]

Top Union Official: New Energy “Taxes Will Stifle Growth” for Region’s Workforce

Clean-burning natural gas development across the Appalachian Basin, driven by Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, continues to surge, according to data issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week. In fact, according to EIA – thanks to advanced technologies and drilling efficiencies [watch this EIA video to learn more] – “Marcellus Shale gas production will […]

Shale “Breathing New Life” into the American Economy

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy released a study reaffirming the fact that hydraulic fracturing “is a safe and well-regulated technology.” The proven technology, coupled with horizontal drilling advancements, is responsible for “fueling a resurgence” in our nation’s workforce – especially in the manufacturing sector – making the U.S. more competitive in the global […]

MSC: Landmark study reflects “the industry’s long and clear record of protecting our environment”

NOTE: The leading industry group in Pennsylvania said the DOE study reaffirms that hydraulic fracturing “is a safe and well-regulated technology.” Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer said that the study reflects “the industry’s long and clear record of continuously working to enhance regulations and best practices aimed at protecting our environment.” PITTSBURGH (AP) — The […]

What They’re Saying: Marcellus Production Continues to “Lead the Way”

“Oil and natural gas are driving the U.S. economy,” says a new API survey released earlier this week. At the same time the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly drilling report, found Marcellus Shale production at “record levels.” Taken together, the benefits of safe, local natural gas development – as well as the soaring production levels – […]

Pittsburgh Business Times: MSC Demystifying the Fracking Process

A veteran of the natural gas industry, David Spigelmyer was tapped to lead the Marcellus Shale Coalition last October, taking over the reins of an organization he helped to found. As the coalition’s president, he is serving as the industry’s representative to the public during a time of unprecedented and rapid growth. Among his aims […]

Marcellus Shale Production Yields “Game-Changing” Benefits

Now generating twenty percent of the nation’s natural gas supply, shale production in Pennsylvania is soaring to record levels, according to recent production reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And we’re reaching these levels “with a lot of focus on making sure it gets done correctly,” said Marcellus […]

Onward & Upward: Pa. Shale Production Soars, Creating Huge Local Benefits

Shale gas production in our region continues to shatter records. And as safe natural gas production climbs to new heights, it brings with it opportunities for our local workforce, a manufacturing renaissance, sharply improved air quality for our region’s economy. As CNBC’s Jim Cramer noted this week, “we’re in the middle of a domestic energy […]

Context & Facts: The Post-Gazette’s Recent Story on Pa.’s Shale Regulations, Industry

In October 2013, the Marcellus Shale Coalition contacted the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after learning about the paper’s ongoing “research project” related to shale development in the Commonwealth. Following a series of calls, emails and other correspondences, it became clear that this “project” had been underway for several years, and its primary focus was to explore how […]

Federal Report: Marcellus Shale Production “Hits New Milestone”

The safe development of clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale continues to surpass once unthinkable production levels, according to federal data released today. This from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s report: Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) through July, the first time ever recorded, […]