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Let’s project our voices, share our stories

BY DAVE SPIGELMYER, President, Marcellus Shale Coalition


verywhere you go across the Commonwealth— from Erie to Philadelphia, Wayne County to Washington County—Pennsylvanians are see- ing the benefits of responsible energy produc- tion. In fact, recent public polling shows that nearly two out of every three Pennsylvanians support responsible shale gas development.

It’s been a busy nine months or so on the job, and I have been privileged in that time to travel around Pennsylvania and hear from many of these supporters. On May 6, we turned this sup- port into action when the MSC, through the work of United Shale Advocates (USA), helped amplify their collective voice through the largest jobs rally to hit Harrisburg in modern times. I want to thank all 3,500-plus of you who took time out of your busy schedules to join us. Take a few minutes to look through the photos on pages 34-35 and I hope you feel the energy gener- ated by those living the benefits of safe and responsible shale development. It really was a remarkable day, and thank you for joining us if you were able to attend.

The launch of the United Shale Advocates program has enabled citizens all over this Commonwealth to weigh in on the public policy issues impacting the competitiveness of

the Marcellus

play. Through the launch of USA and the first few months of engaging the public, we have heard from small business own- ers, mineral owners and farmers who are now able to sustain their livelihoods because of safe shale development. There are farms all over the Marcellus region that families have operated for generations, but in the face of bleak economic times, quite a few have been forced to make tough decisions, including shut- ting down the family farm. Because of the shared benefit of our work, many are experiencing a rebirth. The Center for Dairy Excellence, featured in this edition, shares valuable insight into some of those stories.

We’ve heard the voices of local government officials from ev- ery corner of

the Commonwealth—those in the heart of

Marcellus region and those hundreds of miles from it—about the benefits they are experiencing from the nearly $630 million in impact fees being invested by our industry over the past three years. That new revenue stream,

the in addition to contributions

MSC members continue to make to the communities where they operate, is funding a wide range of local improvements. Some of those improvements and the work of the folks at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors are profiled in this edition of MQ.

We hear the voices of young people, as well as those consider- ing a career change, about how grateful they are for the expand- ing educational opportunities available to them in Pennsylvania, thanks to the growth of shale development. One such opportu- nity, described in this issue, is at Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum & Natural Gas. I extend my personal thanks to so many of our members who recognize the value of investing in Pennsylvania’s future—whether it’s through a financial invest- ment or the contribution of their time in speaking to classes and hosting students at well sites.

As we move forward in this gubernatorial election year and hear the candidates debate issues relating to our industry, it will be important to project our voices and share with others the stories and the positive ways we have all been impacted by safe, tightly regulated, game-changing shale development in Pennsylvania. This message echoed on May 6 through the streets of Harris- burg, straight up the Capitol steps and to the decision makers’ front door. With your support and our collective voice, we can and will make Pennsylvania a primary energy leader and jobs producer for this country!

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