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. […]

Shale “Breathing New Life” into the American Economy

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy released a study reaffirming the fact that hydraulic fracturing “is a safe and well-regulated technology.” The proven technology, coupled with horizontal drilling advancements, is responsible for “fueling a resurgence” in our nation’s workforce – especially in the manufacturing sector – making the U.S. more competitive in the global […]

What They’re Saying: Marcellus Production Continues to “Lead the Way”

“Oil and natural gas are driving the U.S. economy,” says a new API survey released earlier this week. At the same time the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly drilling report, found Marcellus Shale production at “record levels.” Taken together, the benefits of safe, local natural gas development – as well as the soaring production levels – […]

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 […]

Shale Impact Fee Tax Revenues “A Tremendous Help” for Pa. Communities

“A tremendous help”; “A boost to the community;” “An economic lifeline” – this is how the hundreds of millions in dollars in shale impact fee tax revenues are being described following local government disbursements announced by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission this week. The benefits – especially for county and local governments – are real and […]

Marcellus Shale Impact Revenues Provide Much-Needed Boost Across Pa.

Earlier this month, the Pa. Public Utility Commission (PUC) released “the disbursements to county and municipal governments under Act 13/Impact Fee,” a sum of $202.4 million, which is in addition to $1.8 billion paid in natural gas-related taxes and last year’s impact fees of more than $200 million. Here’s what they’re saying about how these […]

Safe Natural Gas Development Benefits Cascade Across Pa.

Yesterday, the Pa. Public Utility Commission (PUC) released “the disbursements to county and municipal governments under Act 13/Impact Fee,” a sum of $202.4 million, which is in addition to $1.8 billion paid in natural gas-related taxes and last year’s impact fees of more than $200 million. The impact fees – generated by the safe, job-creating […]

Impact Fee Revenues Reaching Every Square Inch of Pa.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – On the heels of last week’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) that a historic influx of revenue is flowing to counties and municipalities across the Commonwealth thanks to a new impact fee paid by natural gas producers, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and its member companies are continuing a […]