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States should put fracking money in trust funds, says new report

States at the center of the recent oil and gas boom should prepare for the inevitable bust and put drilling revenues into permanent trust funds, says a new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. The researchers singled out Pennsylvania and argue it should enact a severance tax on gas production. Drillers currently pay [...]

Gas impact fees expected to drop 17 percent this year

The year 2016 is already shaping up to be a bad one for Pennsylvania’s gas industry, and it’s going to hurt state and local governments too. Impact fees paid by drillers are projected to bring in the lowest amount ever — $185.5 million — according to a new analysis by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. It’s [...]

State Auditor General to investigate where drilling impact money is going

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (D) plans to investigate how local governments are spending the millions of dollars they’ve received from gas drilling impact fees. The fees have brought in more than $854 million to Pennsylvania since 2012. The majority of that money gets sent back out to local governments. But so far, $33.1 million [...]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear more arguments on Act 13

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments related to its December, 2013 decision regarding the state’s comprehensive update to its oil and gas law, known as Act 13. In an order published this week, the court determined that it would take up several unresolved issues, but it would not revisit its interpretation of [...]

Wolf tweaks gas tax plan; GOP, industry unimpressed

Seeking an end to the state’s three month-old budget stalemate, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf sent the GOP-controlled legislature a revised tax plan that lowers his ‘ask’ on a severance tax for the natural gas industry. But his political rivals say it’ll cost the industry just as much as his old plan, if not more. The [...]

Gas developers urged to be transparent in applications to municipalities

Natural gas companies seeking municipalities’ permission to build well pads should disclose every aspect of their plans to residents and local officials and should do so with a respectful approach to local sensitivities, experts said on Thursday. Attendees at the annual Shale Insight conference, hosted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition trade group, were offered guidance [...]

Marcellus Shale drillers fined for methane migration

State environmental regulators say three natural gas drillers contaminated 17 separate drinking water wells in north central Pennsylvania and together the companies have paid close to $375,000 in fines. The Department of Environmental Protection blamed well construction for methane migrating into drinking water supplies. If methane builds up in an enclosed space like a house, [...]

Feds show Pennsylvania gas revenues sharply lower than other leading producers

As Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to wrangle over whether to impose a severance tax on natural gas production, a new study finds that the state derives dramatically less revenue from its gas industry than some other leading oil and gas states that have a severance tax. The study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed Friday [...]

State says gas industry still ignoring minority, female hiring law

A state agency says the oil and gas industry is failing a requirement to report on hiring of women and minority owned businesses. The Department of General Services is calling on the legislature to make it harder for the industry to avoid its reporting requirements. It says 70 percent of businesses it contacted did not [...]

Senate Republican leader isn’t ruling out gas tax

Governor Tom Wolf and state lawmakers are still at an impasse over the budget. Now, three weeks into the new fiscal year, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman is signaling he may be open to one of Wolf’s top priorities– a new tax on gas drillers. Corman (R- Centre) tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he won’t rule [...]

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