DEP to Reveal New Permit Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plans to reveal new general permit requirements for Marcellus Shale well pads at a meeting of its Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee on December 8th in order to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, despite expectations President-Elect Donald Trump may seek to roll back new […]

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Pennsylvania nears end of investigation into whether drilling companies cheated landowners

Power Source By Marc Levy HARRISBURG, PA. –  Pennsylvania state investigators are close to wrapping up an investigation into complaints that landowners in northeastern Pennsylvania are being cheated of royalties by natural gas companies exploring the Marcellus Shale, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Tuesday. Kane told the Senate Appropriations Committee that agents from the office’s […]

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Wolf says Pennsylvania severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

Power Source By Laura Legere Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a tax on natural gas production in his budget Tuesday that would raise money for education and environmental protection programs, while maintaining funding for communities at roughly the same level they are expected to receive this year from the current Marcellus Shale impact fee. Mr. Wolf’s […]

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Tax On Shale-Gas Drillers Would Punish Industry, Turzai says

Trib Live By Brad Bumstead STEELTON — A 5 percent severance tax on shale gas drilling that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to announce would be punitive and would hurt a burgeoning industry in the long run, House Speaker Mike Turzai warned Monday. The Marshall Republican said he has not seen details of Wolf’s budget proposal, […]

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Pennsylvania Raised $19 Million From Leases to Drill Beneath Waterways

Power Source By Laura Legere When Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order prohibiting the state from signing new leases for gas drilling beneath state parks and forests in January, he left a third category open for business: public lands managed by the state’s conservation agency. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources routinely leases […]

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Severance Tax vs. Impact Fees On Natural Gas

WNEP By John Meyer SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY — Governor Tom Wolf is traveling the state, promoting his plan to tax the natural gas industry to help pay for education, but counties and communities that already get a lot of cash from the state’s impact fee on natural gas fear the governor’s plan could take money from […]

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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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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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