American Energy = American Manufacturing Jobs

Shell’s recent decision to move forward with building an ethane cracker plant, which will generate significant economic benefits including nearly 6,000 construction jobs, brings into focus shale’s larger role in driving a regional manufacturing renaissance. In fact, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer and Pa. Manufacturers’ Association president David Taylor highlighted this shale-driven manufacturing comeback in a […]

Shell Cracker a Win for Regional Economy

‘Game-Changer’; ‘Renaissance’; ‘Thrilling’ – some of the terms used to describe Shell’s $6 billion commitment to build an ethane cracker plant in western Pennsylvania. This facility, projected to be operational in early 2020, will rely on locally-produced natural gas and create nearly 6,000 construction – many of them for our region’s building trades union members […]

Natural Gas + Infrastructure = American Manufacturing

American’s shale-driven manufacturing renaissance can be strengthened further with the right policies, collaboration as well as the continued build-out of critical infrastructure. As Harvard Business School experts have found, “low energy costs benefit both large and small businesses and will lead to a large number of middle-skills jobs that pay attractive wages.” Locally, this is […]

Natural Gas: Earth Day’s Shining Star

Thanks to clean-burning natural gas, America is making meaningful environmental gains, while producing the reliable, affordable energy needed to power our economy. This week, MSC president David Spigelmyer took the opinion pages of The Intelligencer to underscore some of these key facts. In a column titled “We can produce energy and still protect the environment,” […]

Natural Gas Strengthens America’s Energy Security, Delivers Consumer Benefits

As some in Harrisburg continue to pursue misguided plans for even higher energy taxes and unnecessary, additional regulations that will provide little-to-no environmental benefit, MSC’s David Spigelmyer joined WPGP’s Rose Tennent to discuss the benefits of affordable, clean-burning natural gas. Here are highlights from Spigelmyer’s interview yesterday: On Strengthening National Security “Shale development has lessened […]

Fact-Checking Higher Energy Tax Claims

Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry – and the tens of thousands of local workers across hundreds of small- and medium-sized regional businesses and building trades unions – is facing historic financial challenges, forcing dozens of energy and supply chain companies to dramatically reduce investments, close their doors, enter bankruptcy and lay off tens of thousands of […]

MSC Highlights Pa.’s Strong Regulations

MSC president Dave Spigelmyer touted Pennsylvania’s strong, modernized regulatory framework this week on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR station, and also addressed DEP’s costly and burdensome proposal that “will cost Pennsylvania job creators nearly $2 billion annually without providing meaningful environmental benefits.” Here are key excerpts from the segment: On Pa’s Commonsense, Modernized Regulations “Reviews of […]

A New Year for American Energy

What do local communities, the environment, national security and trade unions have in common? They are all thriving thanks to increased production of American natural gas. Yet there couldn’t be a worse time for higher energy taxes on an industry struggling with historically low commodity prices. The fact remains that shale’s supply chain – as […]

Natural Gas Delivers Holiday Savings for Consumers

Thanks to our region’s abundant natural gas resources, consumer heating costs are falling, delivering significant energy savings for local families and small businesses. As MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer told KDKA-TV this week: “The reason [consumers] are going to pay less to heat their home, cook their food, dry their clothes, heat their hot water is the […]

Top Ten Shale Highlights of 2015

In what has been described as the “strongest card in America’s hand ” – both economically and environmentally – domestic shale development continues to be a game-changer. Despite the ongoing market challenges, Pennsylvania’s “record-breaking” natural gas production was driven by the industry’s focus on efficiency and innovation. As more clean-burning natural gas is safely produced, a […]

What They’re Saying: Shale the “Strongest Card in America’s Hand”

As the global climate talks kick off in Paris, the clear environmental benefits of natural gas are making headlines. Thanks to shale gas, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced more than any other country and power sector CO2 emissions have plummeted to 27-year lows. Beyond this historic environmental progress, shale is enhancing American energy […]

Shale “an Absolute Winner” for Pennsylvania

Today, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer joined WPGP radio’s Rose Tennent for an in-depth discussion on the significant economic and national security benefits associated with responsible shale development as well as the negative consequences of even higher energy taxes. Highlights from the segment: On Consumer, End Use Benefits “A great story as we enter this winter season is natural gas prices are less than […]

On The Radio: MSC Touts Shale’s “Extraordinary” Consumer, Manufacturing Benefits

This week, MSC president Dave Spigelmyer joined KDKA radio’s Mike Pintek for a live hour-long discussion about shale’s consumer and manufacturing benefits, the industry’s commitment to best practices, and the potential negative impacts of even higher energy taxes. Highlights from yesterday’s radio segment: On Consumer, Small Business Benefits “Consumers today are paying less than half […]

MSC in LNP: Modernizing Pipelines Delivers Benefits Across Pa.

The Nov. 6 article “Expert foresees problems with pipeline project” fundamentally fails to provide readers with the clear fact that modernizing Pennsylvania’s pipeline infrastructure will deliver shale’s benefits to more consumers and regional manufacturers and strengthen America’s national security. As we continue the safe build-out and modernization of Pennsylvania’s pipeline network, consumers are benefiting in […]

Pennsylvanians Benefitting from Affordable Energy

Locally produced, affordable natural gas is delivering important consumer savings, boosting our economy, improving air quality, and strengthening America’s “diplomatic clout.” Yet a recently released Fitch Ratings report reflects the fact that even higher energy taxes — at a time when the industry is facing incredible headwinds — threaten these benefits. The credit agency explains […]

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!

MSC in Patriot-News: PennLive’s ‘Shale Bargain’ series just repackaged tired claims

“If the goal of your report about natural gas drilling was to gratuitously frighten Pennsylvanians, then congratulations on a job well done. If it was to deliver an evenhanded examination of the critical balance that must be achieved between job creation, energy independence and environmental protection in regions with large natural gas deposits, then it […]

Key Context & Facts on Patriot-News’ Shale Series

The Patriot-News’ multi-day series on shale development – which launched on Monday – rehashes a handful of old stories and previously debunked claims. The MSC was a participant in this wide ranging series and spoke with the lead reporters Candy Woodall and Wallace McKelvey over the past several months in an effort to provide fact- […]

Natural Gas: More Affordably Keeping Our Homes Warm

With more than half of Pennsylvania and nearly half of all U.S. households relying on natural gas as their primary heating source, American families can rest easy knowing that our nation’s residential natural gas prices continue to drop. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “household heating costs are expected to be […]

MSC Statement on Manufacturing Day

Pittsburgh, Pa. – In recognition and support of national Manufacturing Day, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “America’s energy revolution – lead right here in the Commonwealth – is breathing new life into our manufacturing sector, which has been battered for far too long, especially during the Great Recession. While the […]

By The Numbers: Shale Boosts American Manufacturing

Responsible shale development in the Commonwealth continues to boost our economy, including the manufacturing sector. With more affordable energy supplies available here at home, manufacturing is roaring back, and creating good-paying jobs, critical investments and strengthened American competitiveness in the hyper-competitive global marketplace. America’s manufacturing renaissance is driven largely by our abundant supplies of domestic […]

Shale A “Win-Win-Win” For Environment, Consumers

The safe development of America’s abundant shale resources is creating game-changing environmental and economic benefits throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. These clear facts were further confirmed in two studies released this week. As more clean-burning natural gas is safely produced, use among both utilities and consumers is expanding rapidly, according to the American Gas Association’s […]

Shale’s Environmental, Economic Benefits Explored at SHALE INSIGHT™

With shale development’s benefits extending throughout the Commonwealth, it was a natural fit for Philadelphia to host SHALE INSIGHT™ 2015 – a leading annual industry conference. Through continued natural gas infrastructure development, Philadelphia is in the midst of an energy hub transformation that will create important and long-term consumer and manufacturing benefits. Throughout the two-day […]

MSC in the Phila. Inq.: The Keys to Expanding Benefits of Pa.’s Shale-Energy Revolution

Pennsylvania is at the forefront of America’s energy revolution. As a result of our abundant shale resources, the United States has surpassed both Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s leading oil and natural-gas producer in 2014. But what does that mean for manufacturers and small businesses here at home? It’s absolutely clear that safe […]

SHALE: “MADE IN THE USA”

Increased production of America’s clean-burning natural gas resources – led by the Marcellus – continues to create game-changing consumer, manufacturing and environmental benefits. To be sure, homegrown shale is lowering consumer energy costs for families and small businesses; manufacturers are reshoring back to America; and with every new natural gas power plant constructed, our air […]

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 […]

7 Reasons to Attend SHALE INSIGHT™ 2015

Visit shaleinsight.com and follow the conversation online #ShaleInsight SHALE INSIGHT™ 2015 — the nation’s leading forum for public-private dialogue on issues surrounding responsible shale development — provides attendees with a unique opportunity to engage and participate in key policy discussions, innovative technologies, and have access to prominent industry executives and other thought leaders. Here are […]

What They’re Saying: Shale a “Rare Economic Bright Spot” for America

Safe, job-creating American shale development continues to be a win-win for Pennsylvanians, the economy and our environment. Lauded as both a “rare economic bright spot” and the “greatest environmental triumph of the century”, it’s no wonder there is widespread public support for this “once-in-a-generation opportunity.” Yet, it’s important to note, that despite these benefits, there […]

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

Thanks to responsible shale development, local natural gas supplies are providing affordable, clean-burning energy and driving a “game-changing” manufacturing renaissance. In fact, according to a recent Pa. Public Utility Commission report, natural gas accounts for a quarter of the state’s power supply and 2.8 million commonwealth customers rely on the clean-burning fuel to heat their […]

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 […]

Even Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Pa. Jobs

Shale development in the Commonwealth continues to benefit our economy and environment. From providing regional building trades unions with thousands of good-paying jobs to delivering consumer savings for families and improving air quality, these clear benefits touch all corners of Pa. That’s why it’s critical to continue the safe development of our region’s energy infrastructure. […]

Newspaper Editorials Tout American Natural Gas Benefits, Safety

From coast-to-coast, newspaper editorials continue to highlight the clear economic, environmental and national security benefits associated with safe shale development as well as the highly-regulated use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Here’s what other newspaper editorials are saying about America’s energy renaissance that’s creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, renewing our manufacturing sector’s potential […]

MSC in the Beaver County Times: Even Higher Energy Taxes Jeopardize Shale’s Benefits

Small businesses and laborers across the Commonwealth as well as the county’s state representatives are absolutely right: Gov. Wolf’s highest-in-the-nation energy tax will jeopardize shale’s clear economic and environmental benefits, discourage growth and threaten good-paying jobs. As Rep. Jim Christiana correctly states, Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax hike will subsidize high-cost energy forms like wind […]

MSC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Let Natural Gas Flow Without Severance Levy

We applaud Rep. Greg Vitali’s honesty regarding Gov. Wolf’s massive proposed energy tax increase, which would give the state the nation’s highest effective tax rate on natural gas production, 17.1 percent, according to the Independent Fiscal Office (“Pa. needs Wolf plan to invest in energy,” June 18). While Wolf and other higher energy tax advocates […]

Shale Delivers Affordable, Reliable Energy

Thanks to shale development, natural gas is becoming an increasingly larger power generation fuel, providing Pennsylvanians with a reliable and affordable energy source, according to a new Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission report that underscores shale’s benefits for consumers and regional manufacturers. According to the “Pennsylvania Gas Outlook Report,” 2.8 million Pennsylvania customers rely on natural […]

Pennsylvanians Tell Harrisburg to Oppose Even Higher Energy Taxes

A diverse set of Pennsylvanians once again urged lawmakers and Gov. Wolf yesterday to focus on job creation rather than even higher energy taxes. Laborers’ International Union of North America’s (LiUNA) Dave Horn impressed upon policymakers the fact that “natural gas development has brought good jobs with good wages for [union] members,” and that laborers […]

New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Voters Support Shale

Pennsylvanians and Americans “overwhelmingly support” the safe and proven use of hydraulic fracturing to produce clean-burning natural gas, according to a national survey by Robert Morris University’s Polling Institute. Here are key poll takeaways: Support for fracing has also increased significantly – moving from 42.3% in 2013 to 55.9% majority today. Additionally, support for fracing […]

Natural Gas Impact Taxes Generate $223.5M for Pa. Communities, State Programs

All of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties will receive a portion of the $223.5 million generated in 2014 from the state’s natural gas impact tax, according to the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) [NOTE: Click here to view county + municipality totals]. And since 2012, safe shale development has generated a total of more than $850 million […]

Newspaper Editorials Across America Tout EPA’s Fact-Based Findings

Newspaper editorials across the nation are touting the Environmental Protection Agency’s hydraulic fracturing findings. Specifically, EPA’s landmark report concludes that tightly-regulated shale development and the use of hydraulic fracturing is “a workable and safe process” that “has not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” EPA’s fact-based findings add to the growing body […]

MSC in Philadelphia Inquirer: Wolf’s Energy Tax is Nation’s Highest

Several critical facts were glaringly absent from the pitch for higher energy taxes by the governor’s policy director (“Gas tax needed,” June 4). There was no mention that Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax represents the nation’s highest, according to the state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office. Further, both Wolf and the fiscal office have acknowledged that […]

Fact Checking Heinz-Funded Advocacy Paper

A new non-peer reviewed paper – funded by the Heinz Endowments and posted on a pay-for-play website – fails by virtually every measure to demonstrate basic and sound research principles. Below are several of the many factors that skew the advocacy paper’s so-called findings. ✓  Not peer-reviewed. ✓  Uses thoroughly debunked ‘research’ as its basis. […]

Confirmed Again: Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Highest in the Nation

Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax hike would establish Pennsylvania as the nation’s highest effective energy tax state, according to the state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). Far from “modest” or “responsible”, IFO’s findings – highlighted in a joint senate hearing yesterday – further underscore the fact that even higher energy taxes threaten jobs and jeopardize […]

Five Facts of Even Higher Energy Taxes

On Monday, a joint Pennsylvania Senate hearing [watch it live here] will focus on the benefits of safe shale development and the job-destroying impact of even higher energy taxes. Despite some policymakers’ insistence on increasing energy taxes even higher, Pennsylvanians throughout the state – from small businesses to unions and manufacturers to local community officials […]

Pa. Families to Shoulder Costs of Even Higher Energy Taxes

Pennsylvanians are paying less at the pump and realizing significant consumer savings – from home heating to electricity bills – thanks to the responsible development of our abundant shale resources. What’s more, “the United States is now the world’s largest combined producer of oil and natural gas,” as the Associated Press reports, thanks in large […]

MSC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Don’t Derail Natural Gas Boom

As Memorial Day kicks off the “summer driving season,” families across the region and the nation will be hitting the road. This year, thankfully, consumers are paying less at the pump while realizing significant energy-related savings – from home heating to electricity bills – due to responsible shale development. And in today’s economy, every bit […]

Fact-Checking Wolf Administration’s Higher Energy Tax Claims

Recently, a diverse coalition of organizations representing small- and medium-sized business as well as tens of thousands of hard-working families across various sectors of Pa.’s workforce urged Gov. Wolf and the legislature to pursue commonsense polices focused on strengthening our economy and growing jobs. Unfortunately, the response from Gov. Wolf and his political appointees was deeply […]

Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Shale’s Manufacturing Renaissance

SHALE DRIVES U.S. MANUFACTURING RESURGENCE “Shale has Reversed the Fortunes” of American Manufacturing: Domestic plastics production and related manufacturing has a bright future because of the growth in shale natural gas …  “Shale gas development has reversed the fortunes of the U.S. plastics industry,” the authors of the ACC study wrote. “Because the competitiveness of plastic resins […]

Local Officials: Higher Energy Taxes “Could Hurt Local Economies”

Local officials across the Commonwealth continue to add their voices to the wave of Pennsylvanians, county and municipal government officials, as well as small businesses and union members standing for jobs over even higher energy taxes. Their message is clear: Pennsylvania “communities rely on shale gas” impact tax revenues and even higher energy taxes would […]

True Partners: Natural Gas Industry and Small Businesses in it Together

Natural gas development has sent a wave of new economic activity and opportunity into Pennsylvania small businesses across the industry’s supply chain. These positive, far-reaching benefits were highlighted in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review column this week by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council’s chief economist Raymond Keating. In his column, Keating notes that between 2005 and […]

Higher Energy Taxes Will Sting Consumers

Even higher energy taxes will have a chilling effect on our region’s economy, including for Pennsylvania consumers and those on fixed-incomes who continue to realize huge shale-related benefits in the form of more affordable and stable energy costs. In fact, according to Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office, Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax increase proposal “would be […]