Union Workers Prefer Natural Gas, Oil Sector Employment, Surveys Find

As proponents of unrealistic, extreme environmental policies tout a smooth transition for workers entering the “green” energy job market, a new analysis suggests otherwise, finding energy construction projects in the natural gas and oil sector are the favored choice among employees. Natural gas and oil industry sector-projects are higher paying, provide better health and retirement […]

Environmental Group Report: Natural Gas Drives Power Sector Emission Reductions

As natural gas gains a larger role in our nation’s energy mix, emissions of some of the most prominent greenhouse gasses have plummeted, a new Ceres analysis revealed. In its latest air emissions benchmarking report, the report co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council – an organization that supports a fracking ban – found that […]

What They’re Saying: AG Shapiro’s Report Inaccurate, Ignores Existing Law

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s politically-motivated report on shale gas development ignores existing law, the Commonwealth’s strong regulatory framework, and contains numerous misstatements and inaccuracies, various news outlets have reported.  Make no mistake, Pennsylvania has nation-leading environmental regulations and “there’s no industry that’s under the kind of perpetual scrutiny that shale gas development is under,” […]

“Enormous” Manufacturing Growth Potential with Natural Gas, Dept. of Energy Report Finds

Appalachia, with its abundant natural gas resources, has the potential to be a petrochemical and manufacturing powerhouse unmatched by any other region in the country, an important Department of Energy report concludes. The new report credits the region’s energy abundance as key to giving domestic manufacturers the competitive edge needed to invest, expand and create […]

Pa. Environmental Regulators: Attorney General Report “Factually Inaccurate,” “Disservice to Commonwealth”

Report relies on anecdotes, decade-old claims to mischaracterize Pa.’s existing world-class regulatory framework An Attorney General report released yesterday ignores Pennsylvania’s modern, world-class regulatory framework, relies on decade-old unnamed anecdotal sources, and advances a false, deeply misguided understanding of safe, responsible shale development. The report, which comes as the result of a two-year grand jury […]

Personal Income Growth Highest in Shale Producing Counties, IFO Report

Growth in personal income was mostly higher in shale producing counties from 2016-2018 compared to non-producing areas of the state, according to a new Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) report. According to the independent, non-partisan agency’s analysis, average income per capita growth was 4.4% statewide compared to 4.6-7.5% for the state’s top five shale producing counties. […]

Post-Gazette Relies on Biased Research, Activists for Latest Energy Story

For readers looking for reputable, unbiased journalism, the Post-Gazette’s coverage of tightly regulated energy development continues to disappoint. As we saw in last year’s Human Toll series, the authors again took a predetermined narrative in their latest piece focused on a Washington County compressor station location. Energy companies – and the tens-of-thousands of Pennsylvanians they […]

MSC in Hart Energy: Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Spigelmyer Sees Positive Outlook

Despite headwinds facing Appalachia natural gas drillers, the president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, David Spigelmyer, told Hart Energy the news is not all bad from the region. These are tough times for natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania, the center of the Marcellus Shale. A persistent glut of natural gas has led to a price […]

MSC in Bradford Era: Domestic Shale Revolution ‘Transformed America’

Concerns of scarcity, rising prices, men and women in uniform protecting our nation and increasing dependence on foreign nations to fulfill our energy demands defined the energy outlook of the early and mid-2000s. America was not “apt to return to a period of relative abundance and low prices, anytime soon,” then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan […]

State, Federal Study: Pa. Streams Unaffected by Natural Gas Development

Natural gas development is having no adverse impact on water quality in Pennsylvania streams, a recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal found. The study – whose authors include individuals from the state’s Bureau of Forestry within Pa. DCNR, the Division of Water Quality within Pa. DEP, and experts […]

EPA Data: Natural Gas Drives U.S. Emissions Downward

*UPDATE – April 16, 2020* Greenhouse gas emissions fell 10% nationwide and power sector emissions fell by nearly a third from 2005 and 2018, thanks in large part to the greater use of domestic natural gas, according to newly released data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Following up on draft data released in February, […]

State, Federal Policies Matter in Realizing Shale’s Economic, Environmental Benefits

As President Trump reaffirmed during the State of the Union address last week, the state of American Energy has never been stronger and there’s a federal green light to unlock more clean, domestically-produced energy. President’s since the Eisenhower administration, in fact, have used the State of the Union to address the need for greater American […]

MSC Thanks President Trump for Recognizing American Energy Strength During State of the Union Address

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Dave Spigelmyer issued this statement following President Trump’s State of the Union Address: “Presidents since the Eisenhower administration have used the State of the Union to address the need for greater American energy security, a critical issue to virtually every voter across the political spectrum. Under President […]

Facts, Findings from EIA’s 2020 Energy Outlook

The United States will continue to be a global energy leader for decades to come, with the Appalachian Basin driving gains in domestic energy production growth, according to new federal data. As the U.S. remains a global energy superpower, domestic energy exports will increase and consumption among manufacturing and power generation will grow, the U.S. […]

Pa. Voters Broadly Support Natural gas, Manufacturing Growth

Proposals to ban hydraulic fracturing considered extreme, would “devastate” region’s economy. Banning the safe, responsible use of hydraulic fracturing, as some candidates have proposed, is a policy stance out of touch with the views of Pennsylvania voters, two articles in the New York Times and Washington Post find. Pennsylvanians on both sides of the political […]

MSC in PennLive: Raising drilling permit fees by 150 percent will hurt Pennsylvania’s economy

Concerns of scarcity, rising prices, men and women in uniform protecting our nation and increasing dependence on foreign nations to fulfill our energy demands defined the energy outlook of the early and mid-2000s. America was not “apt to return to a period of relative abundance and low prices, anytime soon,” then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan […]

Reports: Natural Gas Use Saves Lives, Drives Emission Reductions

The increased use of natural gas in power generation has saved over 26,000 lives since 2006 and help drive total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 12.3% lower than 2005, according to two studies released this week. The reports from researchers at U.C. San Diego and the Rhodium Group, respectively, confirm the critical role of U.S. natural […]

What They’re Saying: Natural Gas Powers America Into New Decade

As a new decade dawns, it’s important to take stock in the rapid – and overwhelmingly positive – reversal of America’s energy outlook. From “Scarcity to Abundance”, America is leading the world in energy and environmental progress. And as the International Energy Agency reports, the benefits of American natural gas – with domestic production hitting […]

Natural Gas Development Pushes the U.S. Towards a Clean Future

As environmental activists become increasingly vocal in their push to ban further development of natural gas, it is important to understand that natural gas produced in the Marcellus Shale and other regions of America is actually playing a critically important role in helping the United States reduce carbon emissions, not increase them. According to the […]

Report: Pennsylvania a leader in U.S. natural gas production growth

Recent news has shed light on the United States’ success in becoming the world’s No. 1 oil and natural gas producing country. This is certainly something the MSC and its member companies take great pride in, and Pennsylvania deserves credit for its significant contribution to the nation’s growing production of clean, affordable natural gas.  A […]

Water Monitoring Report Finds No Discernible Impacts from Natural Gas Development

Natural gas development has had no discernable impact on water quality in the Susquehanna River Basin, according to a recent continuous water monitoring report. These findings are significant—the Basin is a key drinking water resource just west of the Delaware River and home to thousands of unconventional natural gas wells that are safely producing American energy.   […]

Scientists Find Studies Linking Fracking to Health Impacts Poorly Designed, Inconclusive

Studies tying shale development to negative public health impacts used imprecise measures, failed to consider other possible factors, and, in some cases, were poorly designed, a committee of independent scientific experts affiliated with the Health Effects Institute concluded in a report released this week. The in-depth analysis of 25 studies by HEI scientists – a […]

Post-Gazette Continues to Peddle Junk Science

Cites convicted federal felon who illegally pushed drugs into community as “trusted, expert” voice Unoriginal. Loose (at best) with the facts. Totally predictable. The Post-Gazette’s latest broadside attacking Pennsylvania’s natural gas workers and their commitment to protecting public health and our environment was effectively a CliffsNotes of anti-energy activism “research” that’s been previously blogged about […]

EIA: Domestic Natural Gas Production Meets Growing U.S. Demand

Consumers, economy and environment benefit from expanded natural gas production and use. Nearly all natural gas consumed in the United States last year was produced domestically, as advancements in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies have unlocked abundant American energy resources. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas production and consumption reached record […]

American Natural Gas: “The Golden Key” to Boosting Manufacturing

In an interview with Matthew Brouillette’s “Brews and Views” podcast that aired earlier this week, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer emphasized that “natural gas is the golden key to bring manufacturing back to Pennsylvania.” Spigelmyer also spoke about the benefits of natural gas and highlighted major energy changes over the past decade. Click HERE to listen to […]

FACT CHECK: Debunking the False Narrative Around Restore Pa.

Governor Wolf and supporters of his plan to triple-tax Pennsylvania energy have recently taken liberties with their arguments in favor of this misguided policy. Pennsylvanians deserve to know the truth behind this political speak. Let’s check a few of the claims: CLAIM: “There’s room for the (natural gas) industry to pay more.” FACT : Pennsylvania […]

“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 […]

U.S. Energy Production, Consumption Hit Record High in 2018: EIA

As American oil and natural gas production soared in 2018, consumption and exports of domestic energy reached record highs, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week. According to the federal agency, U.S. energy production in 2018 increased 8% from the year prior: “This increase in production outpaced the 4% increase in U.S. energy […]

NYC Suburb Can’t Expand Natural Gas Access. Is Gov. Cuomo to Blame?

Westchester County is “in a panic” as residents, small businesses, schools and hospitals can’t access the natural gas needed to power their economy. Bloomberg News reported Friday that natural gas supply constraints could “grind” development – specifically construction of 16,000 new homes and 2 million square feet of retail and commercial space – in the […]

Pennsylvanians Stay Warm with Affordable Natural Gas During Brutal Cold Snap

As temperatures plunge across the region, Pennsylvanians are keeping warm with affordable, reliable natural gas. More than half of Pennsylvania households turn to natural gas for home heating, according to federal data. And, thanks to record natural gas production, consumers across the Commonwealth are realizing meaningful energy savings. During a recent interview with WHP 580’s […]

Pa. Natural Gas Tax Revenue Partially Funds $7.5+ Million in Environmental Projects

Tax revenue from Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, combined with royalties from energy development on state lands, is a critical funding source for the state’s Environmental Stewardship Fund and its Growing Greener program.   Over the past month, the Department of Environmental Protection has awarded nearly $8 million in Growing Greener grants in support of more […]

2019 Outlook: Steady Energy Growth to Drive Pa. Economic Expansion, Environmental Progress

Pennsylvania is blessed with an enormous energy advantage that gives our region the ability to compete and win economically, grow good-paying local jobs and improve our environment, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during a series of year-end press interviews. “We’ve gone from a period of cautious optimism to now living an energy renaissance,” Spigelmyer told the […]

Natural Gas Should Have Starring Role in ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Documentary

Those who tuned in to the “Paris to Pittsburgh” documentary didn’t get to learn about the critical role clean, Pennsylvania-produced natural gas plays in strengthening our air. Strange, isn’t it, that the single largest fuel driving global climate progress wasn’t mentioned in this so-called documentary? The economic, environmental, and national security progress being made with […]

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 […]

American Shale Gas Delivering Global Benefits

Increased development of our abundant shale gas resource has upended the domestic energy landscape, delivering savings to American families and enhancing national security – but its impacts haven’t been contained within our national border. As the world’s largest producer of natural gas, the United States is helping spread access to affordable, reliable energy to countries around […]

Smart Energy Policy Could Usher in 100,000+ Jobs, $60B in GDP Growth

A series of discussions among forward-thinking business and community leaders generated a new set of policy actions focused on strategies to best leverage Pennsylvania’s abundant shale gas. The discussions and resulting policy ideas grew from a study by the Forge the Future initiative that found Pennsylvania’s plentiful natural gas has the power to propel our […]

$25B Invested in State-of-the-Art Natural Gas Power Plants Since 2016

Pennsylvania families don’t have to worry whether the lights will turn on or the heat will kick in, as local, affordable and reliable natural gas is making our grid stronger while delivering consumer savings and enhancing air quality. More than $25 billion has been invested in natural gas electricity generation throughout the Appalachian Basin since […]

Natural Gas Drives U.S. Manufacturing Job Growth

America’s energy revolution – lead right here in the Commonwealth – is breathing new life into our manufacturing sector, creating good paying jobs and strengthening our economy. That’s an achievement well worth celebrating on national Manufacturing Day. Thanks to natural gas from shale, in no less than a decade, Pennsylvania manufacturing has transformed – we’re seeing new […]

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 […]

Natural Gas Tax Revenues Benefit Communities Statewide

The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded natural gas impact fee funded grants this week in support of important community projects across the Commonwealth. This latest round of grants funds 120 projects totaling $16.2 million in support of public services and environmental protection, including flood mitigation, abandoned mine treatment, park development and watershed protection. Since 2012, 715 […]

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 […]

Pa. Energy Producers Hold ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Outlook

With rig counts steadily rising, key infrastructure projects coming online, and production increasing, Pennsylvania’s energy producers have a cautiously optimistic outlook, MSC president David Spigelmyer told reporters recently. During a swing through local papers across the north central and eastern parts of the state, Spigelmyer provided a state of the industry update for the second-half […]

America’s Air Continues to Improve. Why? (Hint: Natural Gas is Part of the Solution)

Recent decades have seen dramatic improvements in air quality, even as the economy, population, and energy consumption increased, according to a new EPA report. What’s one of the key drivers of this clean air progress? Abundant, affordable American natural gas. From 1990-2017, emissions from six key pollutants (carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, […]

Sec. Perry: Natural Gas Plays Key Role in U.S. “Path to Energy Independence”

The United States energy sector is experiencing a historic moment of growth, according to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and “nowhere is this stunning turnaround more dramatic than with natural gas.” Secretary Perry visited the first East Coast natural gas export terminal at Cove Point in Maryland, promoting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports a […]

Top State Environmental Agencies Report Clean Air, Pristine Waters in Shale Development Areas

Studies released this week from Pennsylvania’s top two environmental regulatory agencies continue to confirm that responsible natural gas development and environmental stewardship go hand-in-hand. As the Associated Press reported Wednesday, a recent Department of Conservation and Natural Resources report concluded natural gas development in and under state forests has had no impact on the quality […]

Training Programs Prepare Pennsylvanians for High-Demand Energy Careers

New workforce training programs have launched throughout the region to meet growing local demand for skilled workers across the energy supply chain. In Armstrong and Greene Counties, for example, free month-long training courses focused on pipeline construction and maintenance begin in August. These programs, as the Observer-Reporter reports, are hosted through a partnership with the […]

Acting EPA Administrator Visits Western Pa., Credits Shale Industry’s “Innovation”

Commonsense policies and smart regulations that encourage natural gas development will help ensure further environmental and public health improvement, acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler discussed during a visit to Washington County this week. Just a week after assuming his new position, acting administrator Wheeler met with MSC member Range Resources and sat down with the […]

Natural Gas Drives Pa. Manufacturing Resurgence

Western Pennsylvania manufacturing is on the comeback thanks, in large part, to the region’s abundance of natural gas. From the Shell ethane cracker facility under construction in Beaver County to the growth of Lawrence County’s steel industry and a resurgent plastics industry in Erie County, affordable, abundant natural gas is driving the region’s manufacturing comeback. […]