Gov. Tom Wolf outlines promised tax on natural gas

The Morning Call By Steve Esack and Laura Olsen Three months ago, voters, many angry over the loss of education funding, made history by booting from office a sitting governor many viewed as responsible for the loss of thousands of teaching jobs and classroom programs for their children. On Wednesday, newly installed Gov. Tom Wolf […]

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The irony of Wolf’s extraction tax

Trib Live By Charles Breene Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will use proceeds from a new natural gas extraction tax to pay for education, infrastructure and to alleviate a budget shortfall. The great irony is that Wolf’s new tax targets the very sector of the economy that has fueled a renaissance in manufacturing, economic […]

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In Rebuttal: Taxing Shale Gas is Not Just About Math

By Dennis Roddy A tax on the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, as proposed by Carnegie Mellon University analysts in “Pennsylvania Needs a Severance Tax” (Forum, Jan. 18), works in theory. But the world of political economics does not operate according to theory — it functions as an assortment of trade-offs and […]

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Natural Gas Industry Blowing Smoke Up President Obama’s Nose

Forbes By Ken Silverstein If natural gas is paving the way to the country’s energy future, the industry has just misstepped and undermined the very infrastructure it wants to build: Just after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its guidelines to control the most potent greenhouse gas emission of them all — methane — an oil […]

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Uncommon legal concept may surface in New York after fracking ban

Power Source By Anya Litvak For six years while shale gas extraction in New York was in a state of indefinite hold pending environmental and health reviews, landowners and oil and gas firms talked about “takings.” It’s a legal concept that, like eminent domain, requires the government to compensate private property owners for assets taken […]

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Survey Says: Taxes Will Rise Under Wolf

Morning Call By Bill Vidonic Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians expect to see a boost in education funding, but they also believe sales and income taxes will rise because of the election of Democrat Tom Wolf as governor, according to a survey. Only 42 percent believe that the business climate is improving, according to the survey […]

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Israel Dipping Into Lebanon’s Oil, Gas Reserves: MP

Press TV A member of Lebanon’s parliament says the Israeli regime has been stealing from the country’s offshore oil and gas reserves for years, echoing similar charges made earlier by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. “The Israeli enemy had started drilling for oil more than seven years ago,” said a Sunday statement released by parliament member, […]

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Panel: Wolf Can be Effective, Even Without Legislature

Power Source By Michael Sanserino HARRISBURG — There might not be a lot of allies for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s energy agenda in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. But there is plenty Mr. Wolf can do to impact the energy industry in the Commonwealth without the help of the legislature, according to a panel of politicians and political […]

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API Says Obama Should Approve Keystone XL Before Year’s End

The Bakken Magazine By Patrick C. Miller The American Petroleum Institute is calling on President Barack Obama to “give America’s construction workers a Christmas gift” by approving the Keystone XL pipeline before Republicans take control of both houses of Congress next year. “Six years of review and five positive environmental assessments from the state department […]

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