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5 American Natural Gas Benefits INFOGRAPHIC

From coast-to-coast, newspaper editorials continue to highlight the clear economic, environmental and national security benefits associated with safe shale development. America’s energy renaissance is creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, renewing our manufacturing sector’s potential and dramatically enhancing our nation’s energy security. Here’s what other newspaper editorials are saying about America’s energy renaissance: Fracking, With Care, Brings Big Benefits – USA Today editorial Shale Creates a “Common Theme” of “Prosperity” – Watertown Daily Times editorial We Need Energy – Providence Journal editorial Fracking Benefits Are Obvious – Tampa Tribune editorial Fracking is Safe, Positive for Pa.’s Economy – Williamsport Sun-Gazette editorial Despite shale’s significant economic and environmental benefits, some in Harrisburg continue to pursue even higher energy taxes. Higher energy taxes would make Pennsylvania the highest energy taxed state, directly threatening jobs and shale’s generational opportunity. Become a United Shale Advocate today and join your friends and neighbors in supporting new jobs and a brighter future for Pennsylvania – not even higher energy taxes. #SayNoToSeverance Take a look at the 5 American Natural Gas Benefits Infographic: Read full article online...

American Natural Gas Can Support Our Global Allies

As Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Ukraine continues to play out, academics, foreign policy experts and a chorus of bipartisan lawmakers are reaffirming the case that common sense American natural gas export polices can support our national security and economic goals while boosting aid to key allies around the world, especially those deeply dependent on hostile nations to meet their energy needs. Experts, of course, recognize the fact that domestic natural gas prices will not surge should additional exports be permitted by the federal government, due to the fact that America – driven by the Marcellus – is producing record-breaking volumes of this clean-burning resource. Put simply: American natural gas is “benefiting nearly every manufacturing sector, as well as U.S. consumers and workers,” but it’s also a critical tool to aid our global allies. Here’s what they’re saying: “U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb Putin”: The crisis in Crimea is heralding the rise of a new era of American energy diplomacy, as the Obama administration tries to deploy the vast new supply of natural gas in the United States as a weapon to undercut the influence of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, over Ukraine and Europe. The crisis has escalated a State Department initiative to use a new boom in American natural gas supplies as a lever against Russia, which supplies 60 percent of Ukraine’s natural gas and has a history of cutting off the supply during conflicts. (New York Times, 3/5/14) “Europe needs an alternative to Russian natural gas”: America’s natural gas boom helps, too. Once thought to be a permanent importer of gas, the...

Marcellus Gas Users Seeing Big Savings This Winter

This winter, many Americans felt the chills of frigid temperatures. Luckily for residents of states benefiting from the Marcellus Shale, many did not feel the pain of higher energy costs in their pocketbooks. In fact, despite not having any natural gas development in the state, New Jersey’s energy bills have been slashed due to its proximity to Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.  As Jorge Cardenas of the Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) recently explained, the company has taken advantage of pipeline transportation to lower energy costs for its customers: “Although current market prices for gas have increased, we have purchased gas from the nearby Marcellus Shale Formation during the past several months at rates that are below prevailing market prices due to the surplus of supply in the region.” Thanks to natural gas prices fueled by hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale region, PSE&G has been able to offer credits to residential gas customers.  As Cardenas added, “Since last November, residential gas customers have saved about $133 on their gas usage – and will save another $40 this month.” New Jersey isn’t alone.  As EID has noted before, Ohioans are also seeing a decrease in heating costs this winter. In fact, savings have been between 65 – 129 percent according to a report from the Toledo Blade.  An increased natural gas supply has also buffered Pennsylvanians from higher prices. As the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports, “A bitter cold snap has furnaces working overtime and heating bills climbing, but Western Pennsylvania residents will pay less than they would have five or 10 years ago as Marcellus Shale production has fortified natural...

New Report: “Marcellus Shale a Game-Changer for the U.S.”

A new report released today from Morningstar, Inc. further underscores what the U.S. and Pennsylvania governments, along with countless other independent experts, have established: “The emergence of the Marcellus Shale—the vast gas-bearing rock formation in the northeastern United States—is a game-changer for the U.S. energy industry.” And according to this new report — and many others — previous Marcellus Shale production rates and potentials have proven “embarrassingly conservative.” Here are key excerpts from Morningstar’s report: Over the next few years, the United States is likely to become a major exporter of natural gas, further reduce its dependence on foreign oil and gas, and once again become a cost-competitive chemicals producer, all of which were unthinkable prior to the rise of shale gas, in particular the Marcellus. We predict the Marcellus shale will be the biggest driver of U.S. gas production over the next few years, adding 3 Bcf/d in 2014 and another 2 Bcf/d in 2015, by which time it will account for close to one fourth of domestic volumes. Shale gas has been the biggest driver of domestic production over the past several years, helping boost volumes by 14 Bcf/d (or 25%) from 2007-13, to 66 Bcf/d. Growth has been led by unconventional areas like the Marcellus (+9 Bcf/d). Without the Marcellus, it’s probable that domestic natural gas production would have peaked in late 2011 or early 2012. Going forward, we expect domestic gas growth to be far less balanced, with only the Marcellus and Eagle Ford exhibiting any meaningful uptick in volumes. We project U.S. natural gas production to increase by approximately 3 Bcf/d (or 4% cumulatively)...

MSC president discusses shale development with W.Va. State Journal

David J. Spigelmyer is president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. He spoke with The State Journal about the present and future potential of developing Marcellus Shale. THE STATE JOURNAL: What is the short- and long-term outlook for development of the Marcellus Shale? DAVID J. SPIGELMYER: It is incredible to see how far we’ve come in a short period of time with shale development across the Appalachian Basin, but what’s even more exciting is where we are going. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Marcellus accounts for nearly three-quarters of the nation’s natural gas production growth over the past few years. In Pennsylvania, we’ve gone from producing 25 percent of Pennsylvania’s demand for energy for natural gas in 2008 to becoming the nation’s second largest natural gas-generating state. In 2012, for the first time, West Virginia became one of the United States’ top 10 natural gas-producing states. The Marcellus alone is heralded as the eighth-largest natural gas production area in the world. Clearly, in the short term and the long term, we are well-positioned to meet not only our region’s demand for natural gas, as well as the nation’s and the world’s growing energy demands. With fewer drilling rigs, we produce roughly 13 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day in the basin. And with increased production comes greater need for midstream infrastructure, which is critical to moving natural gas and natural gas liquids to key markets home and abroad All of this advancement, including having an abundant supply of ethane and other NGLs here in our region to help drive a manufacturing renaissance, is bringing...

What They’re Saying: Shale is “Creating Hope and Opportunity”

The economic, environmental and national security benefits tied to tightly-regulated shale development continue to cascade across our nation. As one news outlet writes this week: “It’s been said many times but warrants repeating: Shale gas has been a game changer for the U.S.” Here’s what others are saying about this positive and shared progress: Marcellus “the most prolific economic generator in a half century”: The naysayers who refuse to see anything positive from the natural gas drilling industry in our area see other things, but at a certain point those perceptions start to lack credibility. The industry has an obligation to respect the environment it is working in. To date, its track record on that locally has been very strong. As long as that remains the case, the Marcellus Shale activity in our region remains the most prolific economic generator in a half century. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette editorial, 2/27/14) “Shale development is a powerful source of job creation”: Shale development is a powerful source of job creation. While some attempt to understate this positive impact, which is revitalizing communities across Pennsylvania, a recent Manhattan Institute analysis determines that “overall U.S. employment has yet to return to its pre-recession level, but the number of oil & gas jobs has grown 40 percent since then.” President Obama’s Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently stated that shale is creating “economic prosperity” in Pennsylvania. (Allentown Morning Call letter, 2/27/14) U.S. Senators Inhofe & Levin: Shale “has helped fuel a resurgence in American manufacturing”: Not long ago, Washington was debating how to secure energy from abroad to meet our economy’s demands. Today, thanks to homegrown technological...