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New Corbett campaign ad touts Marcellus Shale benefits to PA and the planet

A new web ad for Governor Corbett's reelection campaign is touting the benefits of natural gas to Pennsylvania and the world.

Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania

A new web ad for Governor Corbett's reelection campaign is touting the benefits of natural gas to Pennsylvania and the world.

“There’s a place that is rapidly becoming one of the most critical energy suppliers on the entire planet.”

So begins the latest web ad for the governor’s reelection bid along with images of the sun rising over a gently spinning earth and an America lit up with electricity as seen from space.

“And thanks to Tom Corbett, this place known as Pennsylvania has also become America’s second largest producer of natural gas and the benefits to Pennsylvanians has been remarkable.”

Here’s the new ad:

 

The video claims that under Corbett’s watch, the Marcellus Shale industry has given back to the state in the form of more than 200,000 jobs, $1.7 billion in corporate taxes, and $400 million returned to local communities. That last figure refers to revenues from the state’s impact fee charged to every well. The fee was a major part of Act 13, a major overhaul of the state’s drilling laws that passed early last year.

While other major drilling states like Texas and Oklahoma impose severance taxes, Corbett has defended the fee as a way to support the growing industry. One of the governor’s many democratic challengers, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz is proposing a 5 percent severance tax on the industry in addition to the impact fee.

Politics PA reports Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Marc Eisenstein dismissed the ad and accused Corbett of giving tax breaks to major donors from the gas industry.

Comments

  • Julieann Wozniak

    Undoubtedly employing an actor with a fake Texas twang and annoying C&W guitar riffs, both of which are a bit out of place in my neck of the woods. Mr. Corbett lives in a sheltered bubble surrounded by lobbyists and hangers on, and has no conception of the negative impacts gas development has visited upon our communities.

  • JimBarth

    The 200,000 jobs figure is utterly false, with the real estimates, by non industry PR sources, putting the figure close to one tenth of that number. Given that big lie, I can’t swallow the $1.7 billion in corporate taxes either. Many major energy companies do not even pay Federal taxes. How do corporations headquartered in Delaware, Texas, Louisiana, Canada, and Oklahoma pay that amount in PA tax?
    StateImpact, please do some fact checking for us?

    Lastly, if the impact fees actually (again, I can’t believe anything that man states in relation to the shale gas extraction industry) are close to $400 million, then, a severance tax would have taken in over $1 billion?

    Corbett must go, preferably, to Texas, where he can get a job with Range Resources.

  • Guest

    This governor has never even visited the hundreds of families who have invited him to the Shalefieds of PA where people are living without water. The air is so contaminated in parts of the state that children are sick, livestock is dying and he has no regard for the taxpaying citizens being harmed by this toxic industry. The latest reports on radioactive waste in PA waters will be the legacy of this corrupt governor who gives more to corporations than the people he was elected to protect and serve.

  • Jake Jackson

    This governor has never even visited the hundreds of families who have
    invited him to the Shalefieds of PA where people are living without
    water. The air is so contaminated in parts of the state that children
    are sick, livestock is dying and he has no regard for the taxpaying
    citizens being harmed by this toxic industry. The latest reports on
    radioactive waste in PA waters will be the legacy of this corrupt
    governor who gives more to corporations than the people he was elected
    to protect and serve. For those who haven’t read any of the latest scientific reports you can start here. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-02/radiation-in-pennsylvania-creek-seen-as-legacy-of-frackin.html Once the water is gone what happens then? We can’t drink gas, jobs or money! Corbet is the perfect example of this toxic industry not only contaminating our environment but mostly our democracy.

    • Barbara Lightner

      Please start checking Texas…they’ve been drilling there much longer. Look at health impact there to bring hard data to your arguments. That is what is needed.

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