Local Leaders: Natural Gas Impact Tax Works

Five years ago, Pennsylvania enacted a tax on natural gas production – called the impact fee – that’s generated more than $1 billion in new revenue for communities in all 67 counties. This provision of Act 13 – a law passed with wide bipartisan majorities – continues to work as designed, directly benefiting communities as […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax Generates $1B for Community, Infrastructure, Environmental Programs Since 2011

Pennsylvania’s unique impact fee – or tax on natural gas – has generated more than $1 billion since 2011, according to recently released data from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission [NOTE: Click here to view county + municipality totals]. In 2015, the fee-tax on responsible shale development generated more than $187 million – the overwhelming […]

Natural Gas: America’s Clean-Burning, Reliable Energy Source

Locally produced natural gas is a reliable and clean-burning energy source on track to gain the title of America’s most popular power-generating fuel. As more consumers, manufacturers, and power generators continue to rely on affordable natural gas supplies, it’s even more critical that Pennsylvania lawmakers get the energy equation right by encouraging continued natural gas production […]

A New Year for American Energy

What do local communities, the environment, national security and trade unions have in common? They are all thriving thanks to increased production of American natural gas. Yet there couldn’t be a worse time for higher energy taxes on an industry struggling with historically low commodity prices. The fact remains that shale’s supply chain – as […]

MSC in Post-Gazette: Pa. Drillers Voluntarily Adhere to More Stringent Setback Rules

A recent op-ed (“Fracking Near Schools: DEP Fails to Keep Drillers a Healthy Distance From Children,” Aug. 24), aimed at creating fear about shale development, is riddled with misinformation and verifiably false claims. Your readers deserve fact-based information, especially with regard to the numerous federal, state and local regulations that ensure energy development in Pennsylvania is […]

MSC in Patriot-News: Pa.’s Shale Impact Tax Generates $850 Million for Communities

The op-ed “Here’s how a principled shale tax can break the budget stalemate” fails to acknowledge that Pennsylvania already has the “reasonable” severance tax which the authors seek to enact. Pennsylvania’s tax – called an “impact fee” – has generated more than $850 million in new revenues since 2012 and is largely directed to local communities. […]

MSC President Lays out the Facts in Altoona Mirror

Several basic facts related to the revenue generated by responsible shale gas development were ignored in a recent Altoona Mirror editorial (“Shale tax needs to be implemented,” Jan. 4). Not only does your outlet fail to mention the $630 million generated through a natural gas impact fee tax or the $2.1 billion in tax revenue […]

New Video: “Shale Impact Fee Benefits all of Pennsylvania”

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) released a new online video highlighting the broad-based benefits being realized across Pennsylvania associated with shale impact fee tax revenues. The video – entitled “Shale Impact Fee Benefits all of Pennsylvania” – features facts, figures and examples of how the $630 million in impact fee tax […]

Just The Facts: Pa.’s Shale Regulations Ensure Health, Safety

Over the weekend, the Associated Press published a story with the headline “Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts.” The “expert” at the center of this story is Dr. Eli Avila, Pennsylvania’s former department of health secretary, who departed the agency in the fall of 2012. It’s important to understand the context of his current […]

Small Businesses to Harrisburg on New Energy Tax: “Don’t Do It!”

According to a new poll, when Pennsylvania voters are given a choice between a new energy tax and jobs, they choose jobs. Thanks to shale development – and the tens of thousands of good-paying, local jobs that this growing industry supports, especially for small businesses and labor organizations – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is well below […]