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A new year, a new round of gas severance tax proposals

State lawmakers are back in Harrisburg this week, and not surprisingly, they’re looking at levying new taxes on Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers. As StateImpact Pennsylvania has previously reported, this tax has been debated for years, as lawmakers of both political parties have looked to the gas industry to help alleviate the state’s fiscal woes. This [...]

Wolf hoping third time’s the charm on severance tax

After failing to pass a natural gas severance tax for the last two years, Governor Tom Wolf is hoping this year, the legislature will get on board with his proposal. Following an event at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia Tuesday evening, Wolf said he plans to ask for a tax on Marcellus Shale [...]

Pa. Senate environmental panel chair bemoans ‘lack of leadership’ on Marcellus

Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) speaking at the Midstream PA conference in State College. State Senator Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is sharply criticizing his fellow Pennsylvania public officials, for what he calls a lack of leadership on Marcellus Shale natural gas issues. He has an influential position in Harrisburg as [...]

Report: gas industry spent $8 million lobbying Pa. legislature in 2015

The natural gas industry spent $8 million lobbying Pennsylvania politicians last year, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan government reform group, Common Cause/PA, and the Conservation Voters of PA. The project, called MarcellusMoney, is an ongoing effort to track the political influence of Pennsylvania’s gas drillers, who have spent $55.9 million on lobbying [...]

As fiscal year ends, lawmakers weigh controversial energy and environmental bills

Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania legislature are seeking approval of a clutch of bills that environmentalists say would dismantle protections against environmental damage by the state’s energy industry, make it harder for Pennsylvania to comply with the Obama plan to cut power-plant emissions, and hand more control over regulation to pro-industry lawmakers. Industry groups and [...]

Ahead of Wolf’s budget plan, Republicans discuss Marcellus tax bills

A day before Governor Tom Wolf is expected to unveil another attempt at taxing Marcellus Shale drillers, House Republicans were discussing their own proposals. The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held an informational meeting Monday to look at two Republican-backed severance tax bills. Rep. John Maher (R- Allegheny) chairs the committee. He says he [...]

Déjà vu all over again: why the shale gas tax keeps flaming out

Over the years, both Republicans and Democrats in Harrisburg have wanted to raise revenue by passing a severance tax on Marcellus Shale drillers. Polls have consistently shown a majority of Pennsylvania voters support it. Last year, the idea helped propel Democrat Tom Wolf into the governor’s mansion. But now, as Wolf and the Republican-led legislature struggle [...]

Gas tax unlikely part of tentative budget deal

Legislative leaders and the Wolf administration said Monday they have a rough map to reach a final budget deal by Thanksgiving. “This is the first time I think that we’ve seen a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Jeff Sheridan, spokesman for Governor Tom Wolf. The details remain fuzzy. The Wolf administration says [...]

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 [...]

Study: Half of drilling jobs weren’t filled by locals

It’s something Tim Kelsey has heard from people in Pennsylvania’s gas fields since the beginning of the Marcellus Shale boom. “They see jobs being created but they also see a lot of Texas and Oklahoma and other states’ license plates,” said Kelsey, a Penn State economist. “I’ve often heard them ask: there are jobs here [...]

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