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Penn. DCNR boosts gas drilling monitoring


HARRISBURG – A proposed $8 million agency budget increase will help support enhanced state monitoring of the impact of gas drilling on public forest lands, the head of the department overseeing state forests and parks said Monday. Marcellus Shale drilling has slowed down recently in the state forests, but state officials are still interested in the long-term impact of drilling ...

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Wolf’s severance tax would set a minimum value on gas produced

Gov. Wolf’s proposed severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural-gas production contains a unique feature that sets a minimum taxable level, guaranteeing that the state would capture its share no matter how low the gas price sank. The severance tax, dubbed the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, would set a minimum value of $2.97 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) for all natural ...

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Wolf supports drilling moratorium in Delaware River Basin

Gov. Tom Wolf supports a moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, his spokesman confirmed a day after the issue came up in a legislative committee hearing. “This is a regional decision between Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware and (Mr.) Wolf supports it,” spokesman Jeff Sheridan said in an email Thursday. On Wednesday, state Department of ...

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Wolf’s gas tax might generate less money than claimed

The federal government this week projected that natural-gas prices would average about 30 percent less in 2015 than last year. That’s great news for consumers, but it presents a challenge for Pennsylvania’s new governor. Gov. Wolf has proposed a severance tax on natural-gas production that he says would generate $1 billion for education programs. But the proposed tax is based ...

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Editorial: Gov. Wolf’s ‘green’ energy plan not only is lousy economics, it’s unconstitutional

There are two major problems with Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan to promote “green energy.” One is constitutional. The other is a matter of fundamental economics. As the Trib’s Katelyn Ferral reported on Tuesday, the Democrat governor wants to borrow more than half-a-billion dollars to subsidize “renewable” energy — wind, solar and agricultural waste. Bonds totaling $675 million would be ...

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Wolf administration advances tougher gas drilling rules

HARRISBURG, Pa.— A forthcoming proposal to toughen regulations for the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry will target how it stores waste, dampens noise and affects public water resources, schools and playgrounds, state environmental regulators said Monday. The proposal is the first signal from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration of how it will approach the natural gas industry after the Democrat ...

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$100K for Marcellus health registry, please

On Tuesday, when Governor Tom Wolf proposed his budget plan, he also proposed a $100,000 funding increase for the state Department of Health so it can create a registry to monitor those who live near natural gas operations. After the state-wide fracking ban in New York was announced last year, public health concerns were brought to the forefront of Pennsylvania’s ...

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