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Wolf’s gas tax would be among highest in nation, says Independent Fiscal Office

Governor Wolf made taxing the natural gas industry the centerpiece of his campaign, and if he gets his way, he could move Pennsylvania from having one of the lowest effective gas tax rates in the country to one of the highest. That was the analysis presented Monday at a joint senate committee hearing in Harrisburg [...]

Industry launches new TV ad opposing shale tax

The battle over Governor Wolf’s shale gas tax proposal took an acrimonious turn last week with dueling letters between the industry and the governor. Now the television ads have arrived. The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, which leads a coalition of groups opposing the shale gas tax, has begun running an ad against Governor [...]

Energy industry invests in Philly mayor’s race

Since Marcellus Shale development boomed, Philadelphia has been a thorn in the side of the gas industry. The city has not seen many of the economic benefits that places like Williamsport, or Pittsburgh have. And it tends to be home to well-organized, experienced environmental groups used to taking on powerful adversaries. When the industry invited [...]

Industry warns of negative impacts from Wolf’s gas tax

Governor Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas drilling will cost Pennsylvania thousands of jobs and billions of dollars, according to a report released Thursday by the American Petroleum Institute, the nation’s largest oil and gas trade group. API projects the governor’s tax will result in 1,364 fewer wells over the next decade, resulting in a [...]

New study links gas drilling to water contamination in NE Pa.

New research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows evidence of a connection between gas drilling and water contamination that occurred in Bradford County in 2010. The researchers used a new method of testing for contaminants that can detect much smaller amounts of chemicals than the instruments typically used in commercial [...]

Gas industry’s campaign donations rose 47% in 2013-14, report says

Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry donated 47% more to state political campaigns in 2013-14 than it did two years earlier in an effort to weaken regulations and minimize taxation, according to a new report from Common Cause Pennsylvania. The liberal advocacy organization issued an updated report on Thursday, showing that the industry spent $2.8 million on [...]

Wolf’s budget plan calls for new tax on natural gas industry

Following through on his campaign pledge, Governor Wolf made taxing the natural gas industry a central part of his budget proposal Tuesday. Wolf wants to model it on West Virginia, with a tax on both volume and sales. Drillers would pay a five percent tax on the value of the gas, plus 4.7 cents per [...]

With his first budget, Wolf gears up for gas tax fight

Governor Wolf made taxing natural gas drillers the centerpiece of his campaign. As he prepares to give his first budget address Tuesday, the issue has once again taken center stage in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania is the only major gas-producing state without a severance tax, but it does levy many other levy taxes on drillers. A gas tax [...]

Report: Pennsylvania’s effective tax rate on drillers is declining

Even though revenue from Pennsylvania’s gas impact fee has generally ticked upward over the years, the annual effective tax rate on Marcellus Shale drillers has steadily gone down– that’s according to a new analysis released by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. The IFO is modeled on the U.S. Congressional Budget Office and provides nonpartisan analysis for budgetary [...]

New year, new severance tax proposals

A bipartisan group of lawmakers say they’ve got the right formula for getting a natural gas tax through the legislature. It would include a 3.2 percent tax on gas production, while keeping the current impact fee.  The group led by Bucks county Republican Representative Gene DiGirolamo, say keeping the impact fee, which helps boost the budgets [...]

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