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Westmoreland officials fear loss of impact fees

Westmoreland County commissioners aren’t sure what to expect from Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to enact a severance tax on Marcellus shale gas well drillers. What they do know is that they don’t want the revenues the county and local municipalities have received from impact fees since 2012 to dry up. “The biggest concern I have in Westmoreland County is the ...

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Peters moves toward new policy on Marcellus Shale drilling


On Monday night, Peters officials will continue their years-long quest to revamp the township’s zoning to determine whether it can accommodate gas drilling and, if so, where and how. “Industry has never been a consideration of this area. It’s not part of the plan of this township, and it never has been,” Councilman David Ball said. “We’re not considering drilling. ...

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Study says extraction tax isn’t enough

Pennsylvania Business Daily reports that according to the Allegheny Institute of Public Policy, natural gas production rates would need to double in order to compensate for lost revenue if Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s proposed five percent severance tax replaces the current impact fee. Since the impact fee was established by Act 13 in 2011, $632.4 million in revenue has been generated. ...

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Residents challenge legality of drilling in neighborhoods

Allegheny Township’s Zoning Hearing Board on Dec. 3 will be asked to consider whether permitting Marcellus shale gas wells in residential zones is legal. Three Willowbrook Road residents challenged the “substantive validity” of township zoning that permits oil and gas wells in all districts, including residential neighborhoods. Their challenge was triggered by horizontal drilling permits issued by township Zoning Officer ...

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Penn. groups prepare to fight severance tax

With the elections over and Democrat Tom Wolf elected as governor, Pennsylvania is expected to increase its efforts to combat the various oil and gas severance tax proposals that may be lurking on the horizon, reports the Pittsburgh Business Times. Lou D’Amico, president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, said, “There is no doubt that ...

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Butler Township advisory board to address drilling issues

Butler Township commissioners have established a citizens’ advisory committee to act as a community liaison about shale drilling for natural gas at the Krendale Golf Course. The committee, which has yet to be named, will be chaired by Jillian Ramsay Stern, a member of the county Democratic committee and township resident. It includes Larry Christie, the township’s fire marshal, and ...

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Pennsylvania townships wary of proposed shale gas tax

There are three basic themes to opposing a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s shale gas production, such as the one currently being proposed by gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf and vehemently opposed by incumbent Tom Corbett. There’s the burden on townships who stand to lose the impact fee they’ve been receiving for two years. There’s the possibility that landowners would have to ...

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Panel discussion at Mon Valley Hospital to address Marcellus shale industry

Harlan Shober was a Chartiers supervisor when Marellus shale gas drilling was first being introduced to Washington County. “We were the second township in Washington County to see wells drilled,” said Shober. Now a Washington County commissioner, Shober has seen the impact of the industry on the county’s economy. Shober will be one of three members of a panel discussion ...

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Oil, gas industry boom leads to expansion of laws in Pennsylvania

The booming oil and gas industry has led to an expansion of laws in Pennsylvania and other states aimed at protecting water supplies, an analysis by a group of regulators representing 20 states has found. The report released Wednesday by the Ground Water Protection Council, a nonprofit comprising leaders from state environmental protection and conservation agencies, looked at laws in ...

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