What The Presidential Campaigns Are Saying About American Natural Gas

With only 61 days until the upcoming presidential election, voters across America are sharpening their focus on President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney’s campaigns, their policies, and respective visions for our nation’s future. Despite the many differences, both candidates and their parties are touting the key role that America’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources […]

KPMG Research Highlights Commonsense Water Management Efforts Across the Marcellus Shale

A new KPMG analysis released this week – entitled “Watered-Down: Minimizing Water Risks in Shale Gas and Oil Drilling” – highlights the commonsense practices and technologies related to natural gas development from the Marcellus Shale aimed at ensuring water quality and the environment are protected and kept safe. Interestingly, while some continue to suggest that […]

New Study: Clean-Burning Natural Gas Key to New York City’s Future

A new ICF International study – available here – was released yesterday, commissioned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, focused on the inherent benefits tied to the expanded use of clean-burning American natural gas. Commenting on the study’s findings, Mayor Bloomberg said “Natural gas is a low-cost, low-emissions fuel that makes good economic and […]

New Survey: Western PA’s Natural Gas-Producing Communities Overwhelming Support Marcellus Shale

Safe, tightly-regulated, job-creating Marcellus Shale development is supported by a clear majority of western Pennsylvania communities where natural gas production actually occurs. That was among the key findings in the recently released Pittsburgh Regional Quality of Life Survey, “the most extensive survey of the residents of Greater Pittsburgh since the historic Pittsburgh Survey was published […]

The Geopolitics of Natural Gas (Harvard & Rice University Experts)

Some of the most dramatic energy developments of recent years have been in the realm of natural gas. Huge quantities of unconventional US shale gas are now commercially viable, changing the strategic picture for the United States by making it self-sufficient in natural gas for the foreseeable future.

Accountability: The Associated Press Digs Deep on Shale Gas Facts

Our industry, as clearly laid out in our Guiding Principles, encourages a “spirited public dialogue and fact-based education about responsible shale gas development.” As the saying goes, facts are awfully stubborn things. On the important issue of ensuring that facts – not hyperbole or scare tactics – underpin our ongoing and collective debate about safe, […]

MSC’s Klaber to President Obama in the Tribune-Review: “Let’s Continue to Get This Historic Opportunity Right”

Common Goals As President Obama travels the commonwealth this week, we’re reminded of his fact-based remarks about safe natural gas development. In his January State of the Union address, the president underscored the fact that “natural gas will create jobs…proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy.” The president’s top […]

American Natural Gas Breathing New Life Into Philly Refineries

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Clean-burning natural gas is the lifeblood for manufacturing, especially for the U.S. chemical and refinery industries. According to the American Chemistry Council, “nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. are directly employed in the chemistry industry,” and “for every job created in the business of chemistry, 5.5 jobs are created in other sectors.” […]

New Study Outlines Options to Give “Economic Second Life” to Marcus Hook Refinery Site

Marcellus Shale May Play Key Role in Refinery’s Future, According to IHS Experts Marcus Hook, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Kathryn Klaber joined a host of local, state, and federal government representatives, as well as residents and regional economic development and organized labor officials, today for the roll out of a new IHS […]

What They’re Saying: American Natural Gas Benefits “Cannot Be Denied”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The American economy continues to limp along, as “unemployment rates rose in 18 U.S. states in May, the most in nine months,” according to the USA Today. And while there’s no denying the very real challenges our nation’s economy faces, there’s also no denying the benefits tied to the safe, responsible development […]

Top UN Official: Shale Gas Key to Cutting GHGs, Protecting Forests, Helping the Poor

Without question, safely produced abundant, clean-burning natural gas is helping to drive economic growth and spur job creation while also protecting our environment. This fact was reinforced by the co-head of a United Nations (UN) sustainable energy program this week during a global development meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Reuters reports: Natural gas, including […]

The Arithmetic of Shale Gas (Yale University)

Using the economic tools of traditional cost benefit analysis, we demonstrate that for one given year, 2010, the consumer surplus from shale gas is in excess of $100 billion to the US economy.

By The Numbers: Unconventional Natural Gas Powering U.S. Economy

Just one-in-five Americans is “satisfied with the way things are going in the United States,” according to Gallup data published yesterday, and the economy and unemployment are “still viewed as most important problems” facing our nation. Yet despite our nation’s ongoing economic challenges, IHS Inc., “one of the leading economic analysis and forecasting firms in […]

What They’re Saying About the MSC’s Recommended Practices

Canonsburg, PA – Last week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released the first in a series of forthcoming recommended practices (RP). This ongoing and collaborative work is aimed at enhancing the region’s economy and responsibly developing American natural gas with industry-leading environmental safeguards and technologies, an affirmation of our Guiding Principles. In several major Pennsylvania […]

From Pa. and Across the Country, Newspaper Editorials Tout American Natural Gas

Job-Creating Marcellus Shale Continues to Fuel Economic Growth, Strengthen U.S. Competitiveness Canonsburg, PA – Expanding America’s manufacturing base, creating good-paying jobs for returning veterans, developing supply chain-related opportunities for small businesses, strengthening U.S. security and competitiveness, adhering to environmental stewardship. These are just some of the benefits tied directly to the responsible development of clean-burning […]

MSC Launches Marcellus on Main Street Initiative

New online business directory will connect natural gas industry with Main Street Philadelphia, PA – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) unveiled the first online business directory — Marcellus on Main Street — designed exclusively to connect the natural gas industry with small- and medium-sized businesses across the region.  This new, interactive web-based portal — […]

Wall Street Journal: Natural Gas to Power Pickups

By JEFF BENNETT U.S. auto makers are introducing pickup trucks powered by natural gas as they look to catch the growing wave of interest in the fuel as an alternative to gasoline. On Tuesday, Chrysler Group LLC plans to disclose it will build the first production-line pickup truck powered by natural gas. The auto maker […]

What They’re Saying: Natural Gas “Offering a Beacon of Hope” for America’s Future

“There is an industry offering a beacon of hope, and it could soon serve as the tipping point that gets America back to work: natural gas” President Clinton: “America needs to end its ‘ambivalence’ about natural gas” “Shale could be responsible for the resurgence of the U.S. as an economic superpower” Canonsburg, Pa. – Economically […]

WVU Prof. in Charleston Gazette: Hydraulic Fracturing is Safe, Boosts Our Economy

“Natural gas is energizing America’s economic recovery.” Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas offers an opportunity to build a more competitive U.S. economy. Programs that result in the establishment of less expensive energy sources boost U.S. manufacturing and jobs. Combined with horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing is a technique being used to produce shale gas […]

Bloomberg: US Consumer Savings Tied to Natural Gas Could Hit $113 billion by 2015

FLASHBACK: Then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan in 2003: “We are not apt to return to earlier periods of relative abundance and low prices anytime soon. … Increased marginal supplies from abroad, while likely to notably damp the levels and volatility of American natural gas prices, would expose us to possibly insecure sources of foreign supply, […]

MSC Participates in 96th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show

Continues Support for Pa. Farm Show Scholarship Foundation Harrisburg, PA – This week, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is participating in the 96th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, the premier agriculture event in the Commonwealth. The Farm Show provides an important opportunity for the natural gas industry to engage the agricultural community on issues and related […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Policy Recommendations

Canonsburg, Pa. – Responding to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale policy recommendations released today at an event in Pittsburgh, Marcellus Shale Coalition president and executive director Kathryn Z. Klaber issued the followed statement: “Pennsylvanians are realizing the countless benefits – more affordable energy costs, environmental advantages of increased natural gas use, economic revival of […]

Mighty Marcellus Continues Impressive Job Creation Streak Across the Commonwealth

Washington Co. #3 in Nation in Job Growth, Williamsport #7 Fastest Growing City; Growth En Route to Ohio Canonsburg, Pa. – Did you know there are 3,141 counties in the United States? A large figure by any metric. But as high unemployment continues to persist across the nation, with nearly 14 million Americans still out […]

MSC to EPA: “Clean-burning natural gas has undeniable air quality benefits”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – At a public U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing today, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president and executive director Kathryn Klaber underscored the fact that “clean-burning natural gas has undeniable air quality benefits.” Klaber strongly recommended “a 60-day extension” for the rulemaking comment period, given the host of proposed air regulations related to domestic […]

Marcellus Shale Coalition Remarks Before the U.S. EPA

Remarks of the Marcellus Shale Coalition Before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regarding Proposed Rules for the Oil and Natural Gas Sector: New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Reviews

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City 7th fastest growing in nation

By ALYSSA MURPHY “We have a 7.8-percent growth rate,” Vince Matteo, chamber president and CEO, said. “The numbers are obvious. The driving rate is the Marcellus Shale.” Williamsport became the seventh fastest growing metropolitan area in the country in 2010, according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The economic growth ranking […]

Inaugural Shale Gas Insight Conference Highlights National Security, Economic, Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

Canonsburg, Pa. – Last week, more than 1,600 participants – including the nation’s top energy and industrial leaders, legal and environmental professionals, as well as small business owners and entrepreneurs – gathered in Philadelphia for the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) inaugural Shale Gas Insight conference, which garnered coverage from dozens of media outlets. As the […]

Myth vs. Fact: USGS/EIA Marcellus Data

Canonsburg, Pa. – One week ago, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) issued an updated Marcellus Shale resource assessment, indicating that the “region contains some 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than thought nearly a decade ago,” as reported by the Associated Press. As noted by the AP, the updated USGS […]

MSC Statement on NJ Gov. Christie’s One-Year Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium

FLASHBACK: Christie Pulls New Jersey From 10-State Climate Initiative “because [state] is relying more on natural gas…to fill its energy needs” (5/26/11) Canonsburg, PA – Marcellus Shale Coalition president and executive director Kathryn Z. Klaber issued the following statement regarding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to enact a one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing: “Our […]

Marcellus Multiplier in Action: Pa. Small Businesses Learn About Marcellus Supply Chain Opportunities

“Local business owners taking advantage of Marcellus Shale” Canonsburg, Pa. – As responsible Marcellus Shale natural gas development continues to expand across the commonwealth, so too are the opportunities for Pennsylvania-based businesses and workers. That was the topic of discussion at two events held yesterday in Johnstown and La Plume, Pa., where more than 275 […]

Associated Press: USGS boosts amount of Marcellus Shale gas reserves

By KEVIN BEGOS PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday that the Marcellus Shale region contains some 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than thought nearly a decade ago. Tuesday’s figure is much higher than the last government assessment in 2002, which suggested about 2 trillion cubic feet of […]

New Federal Data Highlights Staggering Amount of Clean-Burning American Natural Gas from the Marcellus Shale

USGS: 4,100% increase in technically recoverable Marcellus natural gas from 2002 Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – an independent research arm of the Interior Department – released an updated assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, considered to be second largest natural field in the […]

Sunbury Daily Item: Pilot program fits bill; SUN Tech trains workers for gas industry

By Evamarie Socha “A high school diploma and a real good work ethic are about what you need to get hired in an entry-level job up there” NEW BERLIN — Dennis Hain believes in learning a trade, then being able to find a job in that trade. As director of SUN Area Technical Institute, he […]

Marcellus Shale Continues its “Rapid Rise” on the Global Energy Stage

U. of Wyo. Prof: “Pennsylvania is becoming a big gas producer in a major way” As jobless claims once again ticked upward this past week, it’s no wonder why consumer confidence dropped “in August to the lowest level since the recession.” Yet, despite these broader, national economic trends, there’s a silver lining in the Rust […]

WOWK-TV: Report: Pittsburgh, Surrounding Region at Center of New Energy Economy

Shale gas could offset imported oil and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for region. Pittsburgh and a surrounding region that includes West Virginia and parts of Ohio may be at the epicenter of the nation’s new energy economy. The region’s proximity to shale gas reserves, coupled with its access to a assets such […]

Courier Express: Marcellus drilling operation goes on display

PENFIELD – As the Marcellus Shale gas industry grows, many may have questions about the process, how to get involved and exactly what Marcellus Shale gas is. Dignitaries, local businesses and the media were given the chance to take an inside look at the gas industry during a special lunch and tour at an active […]

MSC Statement on Dept. of Energy Panel’s Shale Gas Recommendations

Canonsburg, Pa. – Today, after several months of hearings and public input, a U.S. Department of Energy panel released a set of “consensus-based” recommendations regarding the shale gas development process. Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, issued the following statement: “Taken together, these fact-based recommendations represent yet another key step […]

FoxNews.com column: Let the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry Create New Jobs

By Bobby Ryan Published August 10, 2011 | FoxNews.com In recent days, the markets have signaled concern about the economy.  Amid disappointing employment figures and lagging economic indicators, consumers, investors and businesses are searching for some bright spot in the market. The oil and gas industry, which has consistently shown strength during this lengthy economic […]

Towanda Daily Review: Pro-gas landowners group forming

BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN WYSOX TOWNSHIP — Approximately 35 people gathered at the Wysox Fire Hall on Tuesday to discuss forming a coalition of landowners in northeastern Pennsylvania that would promote the development of the Marcellus Shale. Several of those who attended the meeting said a landowners’ coalition is needed to prevent the installation of gas […]

Scranton Times-Tribune: Toomey talks shale in Wyoming County

BY JOSH MROZINSKI and ROBERT L. BAKER U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Monday said he is introducing legislation in September to repeal a federal mandate that requires municipalities and states to replace road signs. The congressman announced his plans after meeting with local officials at Scranton City Hall the same day he met with business […]

Press & Sun-Bulletin: Drillers target three counties in Southern Tier

Steve Reilly BINGHAMTON — A portion of the Southern Tier stretching from Binghamton west to Elmira is likely to be the bull’s-eye when natural gas drillers target New York’s portion of the Marcellus Shale, according to experts in shale geology. Terry Engelder and Gary Lash, geologists whose calculations have been credited with helping spur the […]

What They’re Saying: Shale Development Creating Jobs, Economic Growth That “Long Has Been Considered Unthinkable”

Responsible shale development providing a “boost to a long depressed region” “Gas industry provides positive progress for Pa.” “There are tremendous economic benefits to everyone … It stimulates the economy” “Left for Extinct, a Steel Plant Rises in Ohio”: On the edge of the Mahoning River, where once stood dozens of blast furnaces, more than […]

MSC in the Times-Leader: Gas industry provides positive progress for Pa.

It was terribly disappointing to read the editorial “Gas firms harmed by blowing hot air” (July 27) in which the newspaper lodged attacks on an industry that’s fueling Pennsylvania’s economic and energy future. While we respect and welcome a healthy public dialogue, this editorial – repeatedly referring to Pennsylvanians who work in our industry and […]

Wall Street Journal: Left for Extinct, a Steel Plant Rises in Ohio

By CLARE ANSBERRY AUGUST 2, 2011 “The steel and shale-gas industries are symbiotic to some degree“ YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—On the edge of the Mahoning River, where once stood dozens of blast furnaces, more than 400 workers are constructing what long has been considered unthinkable: a new $650 million steel plant. When complete, it will stand 10 […]

Investor’s Business Daily editorial: Grow Our Way Out

Energy Policy: A new study documents a mini-boom caused by the development of the Marcellus Shale formations in Pennsylvania, creating jobs and revenue. Maybe the second rule of holes is that when you’re in one, start drilling. While Washington unravels over hitting the debt ceiling, fretting over a stagnant economy, a shortage of revenues and […]

MSC op-ed in the Pittsburgh Business Times: Marcellus Shale commission recommendations a road map to getting it right

by Kathryn Z. Klaber Date: Friday, July 29, 2011 If Pennsylvania’s deep history has taught us anything, it’s that compromise is crucial, particularly in the public policy arena. Nearly 225 years ago in Philadelphia, the “Great Compromise of 1787” was struck during the Constitutional Convention, ensuring that all states — irrespective of population — had […]

Wheeling News-Register editorial: Don’t Cripple Gas Industry

July 29, 2011 The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register As usual, the Environmental Protection Agency says a new set of rules will eliminate pollution while saving consumers and industry money. We hope so. On Thursday, the EPA issued a proposal to regulate air pollution at oil and gas wells. Those using hydraulic fracturing to release gas […]

Columbus Dispatch: Driller touts Ohio’s gas and oil

Oklahoma company estimating $20B worth in shale beneath its 1.25 million leased acres Friday, July 29, 2011  03:04 AM By Dan Gearino An Oklahoma company has discovered oil and natural-gas resources in eastern Ohio that it thinks could be worth up to $20billion, an announcement that shows the economic potential of Utica shale. Chesapeake Energy […]

MSC Statement on Proposed EPA Air Regulations

Canonsburg, PA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a series of proposed air emission regulations surrounding the development of American natural gas and oil. The proposed regulations are a result of a “consent decree”, or settlement, stemming from a federal lawsuit brought forth by two groups – based in New Mexico and […]

Charleston Daily Mail editorial: W.Va. should welcome Marcellus Shale action

If there is no significant harm to the environment, hostility is silly Wednesday July 27, 2011 The Wall Street Journal wrote tellingly Tuesday of the differences between two other Marcellus shale states, Pennsylvania and New York, which it called “a case study in one state embracing economic opportunity, while the other has let environmental politics […]