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Who's in The Marcellus Shale Coalition, and What Does It Do?

Background

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is the drilling industry’s top trade group within Pennsylvania.

40 energy companies, including Range Resources, Chesapeake Energy, Cabot Oil and Gas, and Shell Appalachia, are full members of the coalition. More than 100 companies with ancillary ties to the drilling industry are associate members. Companies pay $50,000 for full membership, and $15,000 for associate dues.

According to its website, the MSC “is an organization committed to the responsible development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale geological formation and the enhancement of the region’s economy that can be realized by this clean-burning energy source. The members of the coalition work with our partners across the region to address issues with regulators, local, county, state and federal government officials and communities about all aspects of producing clean-burning, job-creating natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.”

For all intents and purposes, the coalition is the primary public face of the natural gas drilling industry. Its staffers work to influence drilling-related legislation, stage conferences and educational events on gas extraction, and represent the industry in the press.

David Spigelmyer currently serves as president and CEO of the coalition.

Spigelmyer is a former vice president of government relations for Chesapeake Energy’s Appalachia Division. He also served as chairman of the MSC’s executive board.

He replaced Kathryn Klaber who had served as the coalition’s President and CEO since it was founded in 2008.

 

Latest Posts

Marcellus Shale Coalition warns against tax proposals

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is criticizing proposals by unnamed gubernatorial candidates to create a severance tax on natural gas production in Pennsylvania. In a statement Thursday, the industry organization described the economic, tax revenue and employment benefits of shale development in the state then condemned “some candidates for office” who have “embraced misguided, job-crushing policies [...]

Shale Insight 2013: Newt Gingrich and The ‘R’ Word

Regulators need to keep up with industry, not the other way around, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told a packed ballroom Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Gingrich was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Shale Insight Conference, the third annual gathering of drilling industry leaders hosted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition that began [...]

Shale Insight 2013: Oil Is Changing The Conversation In Philadelphia

More than 1,500 people are attending the Marcellus Shale Coalition‘s annual industry conference in Philadelphia this week under a new banner: “Shale Insight 2013.” In a shift from just three years ago when the first gathering was held, the conference has dropped “gas” from its name and opened up the conversation to the wealth of [...]

Dueling Drilling Conferences To Bring Insight And Protest To Philadelphia

Drilling industry leaders and fractivists will meet again (separately) in Center City Philadelphia this week to rally and inform their constituents. For the third year in a row, the Marcellus Shale Coalition is hosting the Shale Insight (formerly known as “Shale Gas Insight”) Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center which brings together some big names in [...]

Gas Industry Survey Contradicts Claims Of Widespread Drug Use

Are a lot of people looking for work in the state’s drilling industry on drugs? According to a recent survey of gas companies, the answer is no. Governor Corbett made national news last spring when he suggested Pennsylvania employers are having a hard time finding workers who can pass a drug test. One of Corbett’s [...]

Marcellus Shale Industry Lobbies For New Endangered Species Laws

Pennsylvania’s shale gas industry is throwing its support behind new proposed legislation that would change the way creatures are added to the state’s endangered species list. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong) and backed by Republican leaders, could knock down regulatory hurdles for drillers, while throwing up new ones for the two state [...]

Pennsylvania’s Share Of Marcellus Shale Jobs Declines

Pennsylvania’s share of jobs in the Marcellus Shale has declined since last year, according to numbers released this week by the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a gas industry trade group. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has more: State residents accounted for 56.8 percent of new hires among drillers, pipeline companies and contractors in the Marcellus Shale Coalition. That’s down [...]

Report: Marcellus Gas Production On the Rise As Drilling Rigs Are Down

Marcellus Shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is up by 50 percent compared to last year, according to an analysis by Colorado-based firm Bentek Energy. The Associated Press reports the rise in natural gas production is happening as the number of drilling rigs is down. Tom Murphy with the Marcellus Center for [...]

Range Resources Wines and Dines State Officials

One of the state’s biggest natural gas drillers, Range Resources, paid for expensive steak dinners for Corbett administration officials, state legislators, and gas industry executives, according to documents obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania under the state’s Right To Know law. Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley and Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Alan Walker disclosed the dinners as gifts [...]

AP: Gas Industry’s Troubles Stem From Arrogance

The natural gas industry’s public relations issues stem partly from a lack of transparency, poor communication and overall arrogance, according to observers quoted in a recent Associated Press report: “It’s a big issue for the industry. I have called for greater transparency. That is the only way to have an honest conversation with the public,” said [...]

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