Commentary

03.12.12

The effects of PA's proposed drilling impact fee

How much, where and how will it be used - questions regarding the new drilling impact fee passed by PA's House of Representatives.

 

02.14.12

New energy duties: It makes sense for the PUC to deal with drilling

There's a lot wrong with the new state law regulating the Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry, but lawmakers got one thing right: putting oversight in the hands of Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission.

 

01.31.12

Guest Viewpoint: Drilling could jump-start N.Y. economy

Regardless of your position in the debate over hydraulic fracturing, something we can all agree on: New York state needs an economic jump-start. Local businesses that have supported communities for years are now struggling to survive. However, let's look at what has happened in one company in neighboring Pennsylvania with shale development.

 

08.01.11

Exporting Natural Gas Benefits America

Natural gas prices in the United States have been low in the past few years, and increased estimates in natural gas reserves from shale formations in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana are opening opportunities to increase exports to other nations. In some countries, natural gas prices are three times as high as they are in the United States.

 

06.23.11

Housing Marcellus Shale Growth

Rapid growth in Marcellus Shale has been a mixed blessing. It has brought jobs for thousands of new workers, but also a shortage of housing as people move to Marcellus development areas. The Keystone Energy Forum and the Modular Building Systems Association recognize this issue, recently hosting a housing forum to identify and discuss the housing issues in areas affected by Marcellus Shale drilling.

 

06.20.11

Commentary: Drilling is a fact. Now, raise the right issues

There will be drilling. There will be natural gas. The real question is how to raise the right issues and hold the regulators and captains of industry to the highest standards.

 

04.10.11

In the Black

Marcellus Shale development is good for the economy. Supporters have been saying this for years, but now, with a recent report from Penn State University, it's been found that state tax revenue in the counties with Marcellus Shale development did better - and in some cases significantly better - than those counties without it.

 

01.11.11

John Hanger's Marcellus Keystone Foundation

John Hanger, Pennsylvania's outgoing Secretary of Environmental Protection (DEP), leaves a strong foundation of economic expansion and environmental protection for his successors, and we hope that the incoming administration continues his legacy of approaching the issues based on sound facts.

 

12.24.10

Horizontal Drilling Minimizes Production Footprint

Horizontal drilling, also known as directional drilling, is the quiet genius whose numerous achievements are not always publicly touted. This technology, equal in importance to hydraulic fracturing, enables companies to extract trillions of cubic feet of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.

 

11.30.10

No Oscar When Art Mistates Truth - Debunking 'Gasland'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced its shortlist for documentaries to considered for an Oscar nomination, and "Gasland" unfortunately made this list.