Local Pa. Officials United in Opposition to Higher Energy Taxes

County and municipal government officials across the Commonwealth continue to speak out in broad opposition to higher energy taxes which threaten critical natural gas revenues that directly benefit communities. It’s abundantly clear that higher energy tax math doesn’t add up; higher energy taxes jeopardize jobs; and higher energy taxes will be devastating for labor and […]

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, […]

Five #ShaleTaxFacts on Tax Day

As many Americans rush to file last minute tax returns today, it serves as an important reminder that proposals for higher energy taxes threaten countless good-paying jobs, small businesses and potentially schools, our region’s manufacturing rebirth, as well as shale’s broad economic benefits. Here are five – of the many – #ShaleTaxFacts to consider. $830 […]

MSC in the Sunbury Daily Item: “Opportunity for All”

An April 3 column (“Forward Thinking: The Case for an Extraction Tax”) fundamentally fails to recognize the potentially economically devastating impact that higher energy taxes could have on the commonwealth’s small business and organized labor community as well local governments. Thanks to responsible shale development, thousands of Pennsylvanians are now working in family-supporting careers, our […]

What They’re Saying: America Extends Lead as World’s Top Natural Gas Producer

Thanks to the safe development of America’s abundant shale resources, the United States extended its lead as the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas, according to recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). With Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale accounting for 36% of the United States’ natural gas production, America’s position of […]

MSC in Post-Gazette: “Shale Development is Safe and Well-Regulated in Pa.”

President Barack Obama’s Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, a trained petroleum engineer, was right when she said recently that “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking.” Unfortunately, a recent column (“A Cautionary Tale for Shale,” March 22 Forum) was full of unsubstantiated claims and suggestions that perpetuate misinformation about shale development. The Post-Gazette’s readers deserve […]

Five Questions for Governor Wolf

With Governor Wolf hosting a Facebook town hall today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition is posing five questions about the impact of job-crushing plans for higher energy taxes. Here are the five – of many – questions. Be sure to check back after the Q&A to see if and how the Governor responds. Under current market […]

What They’re Saying: Higher Energy Taxes Will “Knock the Legs Out of Industry”

Community leaders, small businesses, and Pennsylvanians across the political spectrum continue their vocal opposition to Harrisburg’s plan for higher energy taxes that threaten the thousands of good-paying jobs and our region’s manufacturing potential. Make no mistake, higher energy taxes will hit hard the countless small businesses across the Commonwealth that support the robust shale development […]

Natural Gas Pipelines = Union Jobs, Consumer Savings, Manufacturing Growth

Through the brutally cold winter of 2013-14, consumers in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey could have saved as much as $893 million if the PennEast pipeline were in place, according to a new Concentric economic study. This new study reflects the clear fact that critical infrastructure projects are the linchpin to broadening the benefits of […]

What They’re Saying About Higher Energy Tax Proposals

It’s increasingly – if not alarmingly – clear that proposed higher energy tax plans in Harrisburg, including the governor’s proposal: 1) do not reflect current market conditions; 2) will not generate the promised revenues; and 3) threaten thousands of good-paying Pennsylvania jobs and our region’s manufacturing potential. We know that the math simply doesn’t add […]

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 the Tribune-Review: Higher Energy Taxes Stunt Pa.’s Economic Momentum

Natural gas development in the commonwealth continues to be an absolute game changer for every one of our 67 counties, bringing positive progress and broad-based benefits to all Pennsylvanians. This is especially true on the job-creation and tax-revenue front as well as the opportunity for a regional manufacturing rebirth. Yet Gov. Tom Wolf is offering […]

MSC in Pottstown Mercury: Higher Energy Taxes Will Hurt Natural Gas Industry, Pa. Jobs

A Feb. 22 editorial claiming the “Extraction tax on natural gas should be considered,” fails to acknowledge critical facts about new energy taxes and the basic economic realities associated with such policies, especially as it relates to capital investment and continued job growth. While the paper believes that higher energy taxes are the “least painful” […]

What They’re Saying: “Act 13 is a Good Thing. It’s Working and Needs to Stay!”

As proposals to increase energy taxes are unveiled in Harrisburg, local officials are touting the game-changing benefits that Pennsylvania’s impact tax has on the Commonwealth’s communities during a state senate committee hearing. To be sure, higher energy taxes could lead to a dramatic drop in shale development activity, stifle job growth, and likely eliminate the […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: “Natural gas development in the Commonwealth continues to be an absolute game-changer for each and every one of our 67 counties, bringing about positive progress and broad-based benefits to all Pennsylvanians. This is […]

New Study: Shale Creating a “Long-term Competitive Advantage for U.S. Manufacturers”

According to a new American Chemistry Council (ACC) study, America’s affordable and abundant supplies of clean-burning natural gas will fuel $63 billion in chemical exports growth by 2030, helping to both further grow our nation’s manufacturing base while also increasing our global economic competitiveness. The report – Fueling Export Growth: U.S. Net Export Trade Forecast […]

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 […]

MSC in Delaware County Times: Higher Energy Taxes Will Stifle Pa. Growth

A Feb. 21 editorial, claiming the “Wolf is right: Tax natural gas industry,” fails to acknowledge critical facts about new energy taxes and the basic economic realities associated with such policies, especially as it relates to capital investment and continued job growth. While the paper believes that higher energy taxes are the “least painful” choice, […]

Ten Key Takeaways: New White House Report Touts U.S. Natural Gas

America’s natural gas development is driving down the U.S. trade deficit, creating jobs, improving our GDP and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to the White House’s “Economic Report of the President” released Thursday. As the President has said in the past – and underscores in the new report – “our 100-year supply of natural gas is […]

Pa. Natural Gas Production Shatters Another Record

Pennsylvania’s natural gas production broke another record, exceeding 4 trillion cubic feet of clean-burning energy in 2014, according to new state data. That number – nearly 1 trillion cubic feet more than 2013 – represents more than a quarter of the nation’s total natural gas production. With domestic energy production levels on the rise, Mark […]

MSC in Phila. Daily News: “Hydraulic Fracturing is Well-Regulated and Safe”

President Obama’s interior secretary, Sally Jewel, recently noted that “there is a lot of misinformation about fracking.” She’s absolutely right, and a Daily News editorial (“Tracking fracking”) is a classic display of this ignorance. First, according to any number of regulatory experts – including top Obama administration officials – hydraulic fracturing is well-regulated and safe. […]

New Energy Taxes Threaten Local Shale Benefits, Small Businesses & Labor Jobs

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf formally rolled out his new energy tax proposal, which has been described as “outrageously onerous” and “a race to the bottom.” As this policy process moves forward, it’s critical to consider these facts: The proposed new energy tax – “a 7.5 percent effective tax rate–one of the highest in the nation” […]

What They’re Saying: Shale a Pipeline to “Economic Prosperity”

From construction to production, responsible shale development continues to present enormous opportunity for our economy, especially as it relates to our region’s skilled manufacturing workforce. To be sure, as critical infrastructure investments expand to safely transport our abundant and clean-burning natural gas supplies to consumers, manufacturers and other end-users, employment, tax revenues, and the overall […]

MSC in Times-Leader: Pa.’s Regulations Among Nation’s Strongest

President Barack Obama’s Interior secretary, Sally Jewel, recently stated that “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking.” She’s absolutely right, and a Jan. 5 online editorial (“Natural gas era unfolds in Pennsylvania without a cohesive strategy to make it sane and safe”) reflects that. While we absolutely agree with the newspaper’s Opinion Board that […]

MSC in Herald-Standard: Pa. Has a World-Class Regulatory Framework

A recent editorial in the Herald-Standard – which draws on the paper’s news reporting – fundamentally failed to provide your readers with important facts, data and science about tightly-regulated shale development. Neither the paper’s news report or the editorial make mention of the clear fact that PennEnvironment is an out-of-the-mainstream advocacy group that harshly opposes […]

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 […]

Shale Propels Broad-Based Southeastern Pa. Economic Rebirth

America’s abundant supplies of clean-burning natural gas continue to fuel an economic rebirth across southeastern Pennsylvania, especially in Delaware County’s Marcus Hook. Yesterday, Delaware County Commissioners built upon this positive economic momentum by announcing more research aimed at identifying additional business and job growth opportunities tied to the region’s natural gas infrastructure. Responsible natural gas […]

Natural Gas at the Super Bowl

Many take for granted the amount of items made with or by America’s own abundant natural gas supplies. So as you sit down on Sunday night and turn on your television (made with and likely powered by natural gas), pick up your drink of choice (in a bottle or cup made with natural gas) and […]

Marcellus Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2015

Read the winter edition of Marcellus Quarterly Magazine.

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

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Obama reiterated the clear fact that “America is number one in oil and gas” production, which is helping to drive our nation’s economic recovery. This important and shared energy progress is leading to a stronger nation, a more robust economy, and a brighter future for […]

Ideas To Empower America’s Emerging Shale-Based Manufacturing Renaissance (American Shale & Manufacturing Partnership)

MSC President Lays out the Facts in Altoona Mirror

Several basic facts related to the revenue generated by responsible shale gas development were ignored in a recent Altoona Mirror editorial (“Shale tax needs to be implemented,” Jan. 4). Not only does your outlet fail to mention the $630 million generated through a natural gas impact fee tax or the $2.1 billion in tax revenue […]

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 […]

Ten Reasons How New Energy Taxes Would “Squander a Tremendous Opportunity”

What do labor unions, local governments, small businesses, manufacturers and consumers have in common? They’re all benefiting from the generational opportunity of responsible shale development in Pennsylvania. What’s more, they also recognize that new energy taxes would jeopardize these shared gains and stifle job growth at a time when jobs are most needed. Here are […]

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 […]

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 […]