Republican Governor Tom Corbett will face off against Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in the general election on November 4.
Here’s our quick guide to where they each stand on Marcellus Shale development.
Party affiliation: Republican
Residence: Shaler, Allegheny County
Occupation: Governor of Pennsylvania, elected in 2010
Campaign website: www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com
- Supports the local impact fee on every well drilled in the Marcellus Shale to aid communities that host the drilling. Opposes natural gas extraction tax.
- Supports expanding leasing for “non-impact drilling” in state parks and forests. Supports lifting the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in portions of the Delaware River Basin that lie above the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.
- Believes the next step for Pennsylvania’s energy economy is to grow the manufacturing industries that use shale gas. Supports a $1.6 billion tax credit for a proposed Shell ethane cracker in Beaver County.
Tom Corbett on energy and environmental issues:
Party affiliation: Democrat
Residence: Mount Wolf, York County
Occupation: Chairman and CEO, The Wolf Organization, Inc.
Campaign website: www.wolfforpa.com
- Proposing a 5 percent severance tax on natural gas production. Would maintain funding to the communities that host the drilling and spend the remaining revenue on environmental protection, renewable energy sources, and education.
- Supports moratoriums on new oil and gas leasing in state parks and forests and on hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River Basin.
- Supports more state-level regulations to ensure that the interests of landowners who have leased their mineral rights to oil and gas companies are protected.
Tom Wolf on energy and environmental issues: