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 […]

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)