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Wolf severance tax keeps impact fee distribution

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf proposed Wednesday a 5 percent state severance tax on natural gas production that continues state payments to offset the impact of drilling on shale counties in Northeast Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Mr. Wolf said 5 percent is a “reasonable” tax rate that could generate up to $1 billion mostly for public education by the fiscal 2016-17 ...

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Quigley hearing could stir debate

HARRISBURG – Sparring over gas drilling and climate change will likely spice up the Senate confirmation hearing for John Quigley as state environmental secretary sometime this spring. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary from 2009 to 2011 during the Rendell administration, Mr. Quigley knows about being grilled by senators. This time around there is more material for senators to ...

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New state House bill links severance tax, impact fee

HARRISBURG – Four House lawmakers plan to introduce a bill to levy a 3.2 percent state severance tax rate while maintaining driller impact fees to Marcellus Shale counties. Their proposed severance tax rate would be much lower than the 5 percent severance tax rate suggested by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf during last year’s campaign and proposed by other lawmakers of ...

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Editorial: Tracking fracking

We support newly elected governor Tom Wolf for restoring a moratorium on natural-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on state parklands. His action last week reversed a move by Gov. Tom Corbett, a guy who never met a fracker he didn’t like, who lifted an earlier ban on the activity less than a year ago. Allowing fracking in state parks was not ...

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Wolf to restore ban on new gas drilling leases


HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by former Gov. Tom Corbett to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. The Democrat plans to sign the order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands Thursday at Benjamin Rush ...

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Activists hope new Pa. governor shifts gas debate

The natural gas that would fill two proposed local pipelines comes from Pennsylvania, a state that got a new leader Tuesday in the person of Gov. Tom Wolf, a millionaire Democrat who defeated one of the most pro-drilling governors in the nation, Tom Corbett, in November. Distressed by what they say would be negative environmental impacts from proposed pipelines that ...

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Infrastructure is moving in

Even though the price of gas has slowed the growth of the natural gas industry, production in Pennsylvania is moving right along and continues to break records, said the President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition David Spigelmyer. Wells are producing more with the help of hydraulic fracturing, a method that uses high-pressure liquid to break through the underground rock formations ...

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Pennsylvania lags in studying health risks of shale fracking

New York and Pennsylvania share a border, but on shale gas policy the states are separated by a gulf. The breach widened last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced that state will ban fracking, citing uncertainty about the health risks posed by the oil and gas extraction process. In Pennsylvania, where elected officials from both parties embrace ...

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