Marcellus Shale: lowering energy bills for residents & businesses

On Tuesday a small group of local citizens, business owners, nonprofit directors and the media gathered in the community center at the Meadows at Tiffany Pines just outside of Montrose, Pa. The purpose was to discuss the tremendous benefits the local production of natural gas is having both within the county and beyond.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Pamela Witmer – Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner
  • Cindy Beeman – Director of Susquehanna County Interfaith
  • John Cherundolo – First resident in Susquehanna County receive natural gas in his home
  • Mike German – President & CEO of Corning Gas
  • Dennis Phelps – Director of TREHAB
  • Russell Miller – Vice President, Gas Supply & Marketing for Leatherstocking Gas Company
  • George Stark – Director, External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

Facts and figures


For those not familiar, natural gas service in Susquehanna County is a new opportunity for both businesses and residents in the area. Not only is the abundant production lowering natural gas, propane and home heating fuel bills, it is lowering energy bills across the country. Here are some of the major talking points discussed during the presentation:

  • Residents living in the Tiffany Pines units are saving 30-35% on their heating bills due to the use of natural gas – Dennis Phelps
  • John Cherundolo, the first residential customer in Susquehanna County saw a return on his investment of switching from propane in 15 months
  • Susquehanna County Interfaith’s recent move to a new location was partial made possible due to the affordability of heating the building by natural gas. They are able to pass these savings in energy bills along to their customers through various programs.
  • Energy Bill Savings1The lower cost of propane and home heating fuel thanks to Marcellus Shale production also allows for the agency to purchase more fuel for families in need through their Heat Share program.
  • The shale gas revolution in PA has resulted in ripple effects across the Commonwealth. The savings since 2008 for natural gas customers averages $100 per month – Commissioner Pamela Witmer
  • Leatherstocking Gas Company was the first new company approved by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission in 40 years
  • Thanks to the natural gas production in places like the Marcellus, the estimated savings seen across the country are $1,800 per year

And as Russ Miller from Leatherstocking explained, the plan is to continue investing in natural gas infrastructure and converting homes and businesses while attracting new businesses to the area. He also reminded the audience of the desire to grow infrastructure just over the border into New York state.

Media Coverage

Click the below links to watch the news coverage of the event.

Leatherstocking expands natural gas distributionChannel 34 Binghamton, NY

Cabot Toy Drive Benefits Hundreds of Families In Northeast PA
UGI’s Hunlock Creek Energy Center Now Operating on Natural Gas
Brittany Ramos

Brittany was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Pennsylvania State University where she earned degrees in Public Relations and Psychology. She recently earned her Masters in Sociology from Sam Houston State University. Brittany works in the External Affairs for Cabot where she manages communications and outreach projects to community members, elected officials, media and online supporters.

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  1. […] The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission estimates that since 2008, homes across the commonwealth have averaged a savings of $100 per month. Even homes not using natural gas in appliances are seeing savings thanks to reduced costs of electric generation, home heating fuel and propane. Across the country, estimated savings in energy thanks to the shale revolution will average $1,800 per household this year. […]

  2. And, as Russ Miller from Leatherstocking explained, the plan is to continue investing in natural gas infrastructure and converting homes and businesses while attracting new businesses to the area. He also reminded the audience of the desire to grow infrastructure just over the border into New York state.

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