There has been plenty of talk lately about how the Marcellus Shale, and natural-gas production in the U.S. in general, is boosting the U.S. economy and creating jobs. What is being overlooked, however, is the secondary - and perhaps longer-lasting - impact of natural-gas production in Pennsylvania: the potential for a substantial increase in base manufacturing and port activity in the Philadelphia region.
With so much at stake, now is the time for fact-based discussions that will lead to safe and realistic solutions. It is time to raise EPA's level of accountability by sticking to the science and rising above the politics. Working together, we can succeed in safely developing our nation's abundant resources for current needs and for future generations.
"Don't let someone form your opinion, form your own." -- the opinions one Towanda citizen formed after conducting his own research about development of the Marcellus Shale.
Electricity, heating.....what should we use?
When Gov. Tom Corbett signed Act 13 into law on Feb. 14, it marked the culmination of three years of work by the Legislature in crafting a comprehensive Marcellus Shale legislative package. The final legislation contained strong environmental safeguards, a mechanism for fair and predictable municipal regulation of the industry, and a robust, yet competitive, impact fee.
U.S. oil and natural gas production is higher today than it has been for many years, providing a big boost to the economy at a time of sluggish job and income growth.
The downward price of natural gas shows the benefit of unlocking our domestic natural gas resources. If we removed some of the restrictions that are hampering exploration of our biggest potential oil reserves, don't you think supply could also drive down gasoline prices?
Richard Kolodziej, President of NGVAmerica, comments on the current - and future - prospects of natural gas vehicles (NGV's).
How much, where and how will it be used - questions regarding the new drilling impact fee passed by PA's House of Representatives.
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.