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 […]

Shale: Unifying the Commonwealth and America

This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new year-in-review video – titled Shale: Unifying America – highlighting the “game-changing benefits tied to safe, job-creating shale development for our communities, the entire Commonwealth and our nation.” These clear benefits were echoed by MSC president Dave Spigelmyer during an appearance on PCN’s On the Issues segment […]

MSC in Butler Eagle: New energy taxes will make Pa. less competitive

While the Oct. 7 editorial (Debate over natural gas exports is complicated) suggests the United States should go slow on strengthening energy security through expanding natural gas trade with our key allies around the world, these common sense policies are supported by the White House, congressional Democrats and Republicans, independent national security experts and economists […]

What They’re Saying: “America’s Economy is Cooking on Shale”

Safe, job-creating American shale development continues to be a win-win for Pennsylvania families, our communities and the environment as well as our wildlife population. And as record-breaking amounts of clean-burning natural gas are responsibly produced here at home – led by the Marcellus – our economy is growing stronger, gaining international attention and interest. This […]

Local Communities “Will Lose Out Immensely” With New Energy Taxes

At a recent event focused on state policies that may impact communities, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ assistant executive director, Elam Herr, was absolutely direct with local elected officials about the negative effects of new job-crushing energy taxes that are being considered. As reported by the Clearfield Progress, Mr. Herr “spoke first about a […]

Highlights From SHALE INSIGHT™ 2014

By all accounts, the fourth annual SHALE INSIGHT™ conference was a tremendous success this week. Hosted in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the first time, the event – which drew nearly 2,000 attendees – featured key energy experts, leading executives and other thought-leaders, who focused on a broad range of issues associated with responsible, job-creating shale development. […]

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 – […]

New Video: “Shale Impact Fee Benefits all of Pennsylvania”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new online video highlighting the broad-based benefits being realized across Pennsylvania associated with shale impact fee tax revenues. The video – entitled “Shale Impact Fee Benefits all of Pennsylvania” – features facts, figures and examples of how the $630 million in impact fee tax […]

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 […]

What They’re Saying: MSC Annual Workforce Highlights

This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) released its annual workforce survey [press release; pdf. results], which was widely covered by regional and national media – including the Ellwood City Ledger, Titusville Herald, Times Leader, StateImpact, Rigzone, E&E News, as well as KDKA Radio. Here’s what others are saying about job-creating shale trends from this year’s […]

Just The Facts: GAO Report on Underground Injection Wells

This week, the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report – made at the request of several members of Congress – on the issue and use of Underground Injection Control (UIC) wells. As way of background, according to U.S. EPA, injection wells are “a safe option for the disposal” of various wastewater byproducts, including […]

New Report: “Without Energy, There’d Be No Economic Growth in the U.S.”

This week, Chicago-based commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) released its 2014 North American Energy Outlook report. The comprehensive analysis of energy “surge towns” details the positive growth small and large communities alike continue to realize as shale development creates “a positive ripple effect through the economy.” Here are key highlights from the […]

DOE Hearing Highlights: Shale Creating “a Huge Manufacturing Renaissance” and “Lifelines to Good Union Jobs”

Carnegie Mellon University was the stage this week for a U.S Department of Energy Quadrennial Energy Review public hearing focused on Natural Gas: Transmission, Storage and Distribution. Energy secretary Ernest Moniz – who has stated that shale development is “environmentally safe and economically stimulating” – led the forum, which included a diverse set of experts […]

Clean Natural Gas Powers Our Economy

With domestic natural gas production “at an all-time high” – driven by the Marcellus Shale – this clean-burning, homegrown fuel is creating broad-based benefits for us all. In fact, Dr. Daniel Yergin – a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and leading expert on global energy trends – said this week that without hydraulic fracturing, the United States […]

Just The Facts: Pa.’s Shale Regulations Ensure Health, Safety

Over the weekend, the Associated Press published a story with the headline “Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts.” The “expert” at the center of this story is Dr. Eli Avila, Pennsylvania’s former department of health secretary, who departed the agency in the fall of 2012. It’s important to understand the context of his current […]

“Truly Revolutionary” Shale Development “Playing Key Role in U.S. Recovery”

The safe development of abundant and clean-burning natural gas supplies here in America “really is revolutionary.” Not only is this tightly-regulated development allowing the United States to become a global energy leader, but it’s also “playing a key role in the U.S. recovery.” Here is what they’re saying about job-creating American shale development: “Shale Is […]

Small Businesses to Harrisburg on New Energy Tax: “Don’t Do It!”

According to a new poll, when Pennsylvania voters are given a choice between a new energy tax and jobs, they choose jobs. Thanks to shale development – and the tens of thousands of good-paying, local jobs that this growing industry supports, especially for small businesses and labor organizations – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is well below […]

New Energy Taxes Threaten Pa.’s Economic Recovery

Pennsylvania’s economy – thanks in large part to job-creating shale development – is on a path toward recovery, with more private sector jobs being created each day: “Pa. unemployment rate drops to lowest point since September 2008” (Associated Press, 6/20/14) “Pa. unemployment dips to lowest level since September 2008” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/20/14) “Pa. May unemployment […]

New Poll: Pa. Voters Overwhelming Support Jobs Over New Energy Taxes

“When [Pennsylvania] voters are given a choice between a [new energy] tax and jobs, they choose jobs.” This was a key finding – among others – of a newly released public opinion survey, as reported by the Harrisburg Patriot-News. These findings – which demonstrate broad bipartisan support for job-creating natural gas development in Pennsylvania – […]

Shale Impact Fee Tax Revenues “A Tremendous Help” for Pa. Communities

“A tremendous help”; “A boost to the community;” “An economic lifeline” – this is how the hundreds of millions in dollars in shale impact fee tax revenues are being described following local government disbursements announced by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission this week. The benefits – especially for county and local governments – are real and […]

#1: U.S. Positioned to be World’s Top Oil, Natural Gas Producer

In what is being described by experts as a “remarkable turn of events,” the Wall Street Journal reports today that “the U.S. is overtaking Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas.” This is great news for American consumers, our economy, environment and our nation’s security. What’s more, America’s safe and surging […]

CBS Philly: Marcellus Shale Coalition Comes Back To Philadelphia

By Cherri Gregg “It’s really meant to create additional dialogue and learning around issues around energy production here in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachian basin,” said Steve Forde. The Marcellus Shale Coalition will be in Philadelphia this week for its third annual conference. Shale Insight 2013 will bring together hundreds of industry leaders, CEO’s and elected […]

Newspaper Editorials: American Natural Gas a “Good Thing for the Planet as well as the Economy”

Earlier this week, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin released a “groundbreaking” study (available here), further determining that tightly-regulated shale gas production is a “good thing for the planet as well as the economy.” This comprehensive, peer-reviewed and scientifically-based analysis is just the latest example clearly proving […]

“Groundbreaking Methane Emissions” Study Reconfirms Environmental Benefits, Safety of Shale Gas

Yesterday a study jointly conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and University of Texas at Austin was released focused on methane emissions associated with the safe, tightly-regulated development of shale gas. The comprehensive analysis – which relies on actual data rather than pure speculation – provided “good news”, as the study’s results are markedly […]

Editorial Boards Tout Safe, Job-Creating Shale Development

Editorial boards here in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation continue to tout the benefits of “safe, job-creating shale development” which is having “a positive economic, environmental and national-security impact and will continue to for generations to come,” as the MSC’s Shari Williams laid out in today’s Philadelphia Daily News. Here’s what newspaper editorials are saying: […]

MSC Lays Out the Facts in the Philadelphia Daily News

Will Bunch’s story fundamentally fails to provide your readers with critical facts about safe shale development. Despite the unfounded claims advanced in the story, this week, in announcing approval for a liquefied natural-gas export project in southern Maryland, the U.S. Department of Energy underscored this fact: “The development of U.S. natural-gas resources is having a […]

New Report: U.S. Natural Gas Production Offering “Bountiful Returns”

Earlier today, IHS Global Insight – a leading economic consulting firm – released a new report: America’s New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the Economy. The findings exceeded previous forecasts, anticipating both natural gas and oil production to secure “3.3 million jobs by 2020” while simultaneously adding “$468 billion to the […]

“Marvelous Marcellus”: Positively Reshaping our Region

Responsible shale development is positively impacting small towns and big cities across Pennsylvania. These benefits – energy security, air quality, and economic development – are touted in two recent regional newspaper editorials. Here’s what they’re saying about tightly-regulated shale development, which is a blessing for Pennsylvania: Marcellus Shale “Living up to its Promise of a […]

Philadelphia Inquirer: Natural Gas Industry to Gov. Markell: “Move Forward”

Last November, Delaware Gov. Jack A. Markell was putting on the brakes when it came to natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin. Last month, he was extolling the virtues of natural gas at an event to celebrate the conversion of a coal-fired power plant in Dover to natural gas. And didn’t the natural […]

Built Ford Tough-And Powered By Clean Natural Gas

With sales rising nationwide for natural gas-powered vehicles, “Ford is expanding its lineup of vehicles for buyers who want to run on clean natural gas to include its bestseller, the F-150 pickup,” as the USA Today reports today. The savings and air quality-enhancing benefits associated with compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles are undeniable. In […]

MSC in New York Times: Methane Claims “Based on Flawed Research”

Anthony R. Ingraffea’s most recent attack on natural gas (“Gangplank to a Warm Future,” Op-Ed, July 29) is based on flawed research. As Mr. Ingraffea hangs onto his 2011 paper’s assertions about methane controls, science has emerged and passed him by. He conveniently does not mention the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory, released in […]

Clean, American Natural Gas: Providing Local, National Benefits

The many uses of natural gas continue to benefit local Pennsylvanians as well as our economy – and environment – on a national scale. Job growth, environmental stewardship and community engagement are at the core of our industry’s Guiding Principles. And by nearly all accounts, these are commitments made and kept. Last week, in fact, […]

Planes & Automobiles: Consumers Continue to Benefit from Natural Gas

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Our region’s robust supply of clean-burning natural gas continues to play a key and growing role in Powering Pennsylvania’s Transportation Sector. This week, in fact, a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station and Marcellus Shale-related benefits for Pittsburgh International Airport made big headlines. CONSOL Energy’s partnership with Allegheny County to safely produce […]

Clean-Burning Natural Gas Powers America

Pittsburgh, Pa. – From more jobs and more affordable energy, to cleaner air, and strengthened national security, natural gas is positively impacting our daily lives and bolstering America’s economic and energy security outlook. And while huge amounts of natural gas continue to be safely produced, more investments are being made across the nation to leverage […]