Home / Tag Archives: Gov. Tom Wolf (page 4)

Tag Archives: Gov. Tom Wolf

Train derailments: Looking at track defects

On a snowy morning in February 2014, a Norfolk Southern freight train snaked east through rural Westmoreland County with 83 of its cars loaded with crude oil. It was cruising at about 30 mph near Vandergrift when it hit a section of track where the rail was slightly too far apart. The spikes designed to hold the rails in place ...

Read More »

Wolf garners more opposition to plan replace drilling fee

HARRISBURG, Pa. — An organization of Pennsylvania’s municipalities is joining counties in opposing Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to replace a variable fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells with a flat annual payment to local governments in drilling areas. Tim Horner, president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, said Thursday that Wolf’s plan doesn’t let the fee grow ...

Read More »

Bipartisan push for housing fund

HARRISBURG – Momentum is building to expand the reach of a state program that finances housing projects in the Marcellus Shale drilling region to cover the entire state. That became evident when the House and Senate committees overseeing urban issues unanimously approved companion bills last week to provide a new revenue source for the state Housing Trust Fund through an ...

Read More »

Editorial: Gas tax can’t ignore prices

The trouble with Gov. Wolf’s natural-gas tax is that it wasn’t imposed five years ago. Thanks to the Rendell administration’s halfhearted support for a tax and the Corbett administration’s misguided opposition, Harrisburg slumbered — and schools and other services suffered — while the Marcellus Shale boomed. It’s Wolf’s misfortune to be attempting to address this failure in the midst of ...

Read More »

DEP chief seeking gas pipeline strategy

HARRISBURG – A “spiderweb” of new natural gas pipelines will be built across Pennsylvania during the next decade, and the state’s top environmental official wants to develop a strategy for minimizing the impact on the environment. John Quigley, secretary-designate of the Department of Environmental Protection, is creating a task force with members drawn from the industry, local governments and conservation ...

Read More »

Voters support Wolf plan, unsure about him

Voters overwhelmingly support Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to swap higher state sales, income and natural gas extraction taxes for lower school property taxes and more education funding, according to a new poll released Tuesday. They are far less pleased with the way he is going about his job, the Franklin & Marshall College poll found. Almost three in five voters ...

Read More »

Marcellus horizontal well activity in Ohio

oil well

While Marcellus well activity in Ohio is about the same as it has been the last few weeks, things in Pennsylvania are heating up when it comes to drilling regulations. Last week, during a meeting of the State Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (TAB), Marcellus Shale industry representatives called out the Wolf administration’s efforts in ...

Read More »

Marcellus Shale Coalition leader blasts severance tax

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax threatens to smother Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry in its early years, Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer warned Tuesday. “I hate to think where Pennsylvania would have been the past six years if shale hadn’t been here,” Mr. Spigelmyer said at a Times-Tribune editorial board meeting Tuesday ahead of the coalition’s meeting in Wilkes-Barre. ...

Read More »

Counties seek to keep impact fee on shale wells

HARRISBURG, Pa. — An organization of Pennsylvania’s county commissioners is lining up against Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to replace a fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells with a flat annual payment to the same recipients, primarily governments where wells are hosted. Keeping the three-year-old impact fee is a top priority of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, its executive ...

Read More »

Marcellus horizontal well activity in Ohio

While Marcellus activity in Ohio remains the same, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is boosting gas drilling monitoring in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a $342 million budget for the DCNR in the fiscal year 2015-2016, an $8 million increase compared to last year.  About a third of the budget would come from the Oil ...

Read More »