Saturday, May 8, 2010

"Mommy, Where does Kool-Aid come from?"

Marcellus Shale Coalition

This summer, two Penn State University professors, Timothy Considine and Robert Watson, both from the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, passed off a paid advertisement of gas industry talking points as a research paper.

While Considine and Watson have good academic credentials, those credentials are not within the discipline of community economics. Watson is a physical scientist and Considine has done most of his economic work on fuel markets.

Watson admits that the Marcellus Shale Committee, a group of 50 industry companies, paid $100,000 for the paper.
At least one version, circulated in Harrisburg, during the tax debate, didn’t include that fact.

Considine and Watson wildly over reached. They claimed the economic impact here in 2008 was 28% of that achieved in the Barnett Shale in Texas and had already created 32.5% of the Barnett’s jobs. That from only 431 wells at the time, or 6% of the then current 7170 Barnett wells.

“An Emerging Giant”, was met with heavy criticism and outright contempt by a number of organizations and scholars.
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, a nonpartisan, policy study concluded “The “An Emerging Giant” report serves the narrow financial interests of its funder, the natural gas industry.” At a Marcellus Shale seminar in August, the acting secretary of conservation and natural resources, John Quigley, introduced Watson by saying that Watson’s study was “unsubstantiated by facts”. Nevertheless, the well funded gas industry PR machine has trumpeted “Emerging Giant” nationally so it has become the dominant word.

"An Emerging Giant" pdf


Would you bet your life and land on a report like this?

This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by the Marcellus Shale Committee. Neither the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State nor the Marcellus Shale Committee, nor any person acting on behalf thereof, makes any warranty or representation, express or implied, with respect to the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of the information contained in the report nor that its use may not infringe privately owned rights, or assumes any liability with respect to the use of, or for damages resulting from the use of, any information, apparatus, method or process disclosed in this report. This report was written and produced for the Marcellus Shale Committee by the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in the report are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of The Pennsylvania State University or the Marcellus Shale Committee. To obtain additional copies of the report or with questions regarding the content, contact Timothy Considine at tconsidi@uwyo

PA Marcellus Shale Coalition Members

Alta Resources, LLC

Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Atlas Energy Resources, LLC

Burnett Oil Company

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp.

Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Chief Oil and Gas LLC

CNX Gas Corp.

Dominion Exploration & Production, Inc.

East Resources, Inc.

Encana Oil and Gas

Energy Corporation of America

Enerplus Resources USA

EOG Resources, Inc.

EQT Production Company

EXCO- North Coast Energy, Inc.

Hunt Oil Company

Key Energy Services, Inc.

J-W Operating Company

Marathon Oil

MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.

Newfield Exploration

Pennsylvania General Energy Company, LLC

Penn Virginia

PDC Mountaineer, LLC

Phillips Production Company

Quest Resource Corporation

Range Resources

Rex Energy Corporation

Samson Resources Company

Seneca Resources Corp.

Southwestern Energy Company


Talisman Energy USA Inc.

The Williams Companies

Turm Oil, Inc.

Ultra Resources Inc.

XTO Energy, Inc.

Associate Coalition Members

Allis-Chalmers Directional Drilling Services, LLC.

AOP Clearwater

ARM Oil & Gas Solutions

Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir


Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC

Complete Production Services/AWS/Titan

Crescent Directional Drilling, LP

EADS Group

Energy Transfer

Environmental Resources Management

Epic Energy Resources

Exterran Energy Solutions, L.P.

Fluids Management

Frac Tech Services, LLC.

Gas Technology Institute

Halliburton Energy Services

Hart Resource Technologies, Inc. & PA Brine Treatment, Inc.
Holloman Corporation

Hull & Associates, Inc.

K&L Gates

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP

MI Swaco

Producers and Packers Plus


Schlumberger Oilfield Services

Select Energy Services, LLC

Steptoe Johnson

Superior Well Services, Ltd.

Tetra Tech

TeraAqua Resource Management

UGI Energy Services, Inc.

United States Steel Corporation

Universal Well Services, Inc.

URS Corporation

Weatherford International Ltd.

Weston Solutions, Inc.