MSC in the Beaver County Times: Even Higher Energy Taxes Jeopardize Shale’s Benefits

Small businesses and laborers across the Commonwealth as well as the county’s state representatives are absolutely right: Gov. Wolf’s highest-in-the-nation energy tax will jeopardize shale’s clear economic and environmental benefits, discourage growth and threaten good-paying jobs. As Rep. Jim Christiana correctly states, Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax hike will subsidize high-cost energy forms like wind […]

MSC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Let Natural Gas Flow Without Severance Levy

We applaud Rep. Greg Vitali’s honesty regarding Gov. Wolf’s massive proposed energy tax increase, which would give the state the nation’s highest effective tax rate on natural gas production, 17.1 percent, according to the Independent Fiscal Office (“Pa. needs Wolf plan to invest in energy,” June 18). While Wolf and other higher energy tax advocates […]

Shale Delivers Affordable, Reliable Energy

Thanks to shale development, natural gas is becoming an increasingly larger power generation fuel, providing Pennsylvanians with a reliable and affordable energy source, according to a new Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission report that underscores shale’s benefits for consumers and regional manufacturers. According to the “Pennsylvania Gas Outlook Report,” 2.8 million Pennsylvania customers rely on natural […]

Pennsylvanians Tell Harrisburg to Oppose Even Higher Energy Taxes

A diverse set of Pennsylvanians once again urged lawmakers and Gov. Wolf yesterday to focus on job creation rather than even higher energy taxes. Laborers’ International Union of North America’s (LiUNA) Dave Horn impressed upon policymakers the fact that “natural gas development has brought good jobs with good wages for [union] members,” and that laborers […]

New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Voters Support Shale

Pennsylvanians and Americans “overwhelmingly support” the safe and proven use of hydraulic fracturing to produce clean-burning natural gas, according to a national survey by Robert Morris University’s Polling Institute. Here are key poll takeaways: Support for fracing has also increased significantly – moving from 42.3% in 2013 to 55.9% majority today. Additionally, support for fracing […]

Natural Gas Impact Taxes Generate $223.5M for Pa. Communities, State Programs

All of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties will receive a portion of the $223.5 million generated in 2014 from the state’s natural gas impact tax, according to the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) [NOTE: Click here to view county + municipality totals]. And since 2012, safe shale development has generated a total of more than $850 million […]

Newspaper Editorials Across America Tout EPA’s Fact-Based Findings

Newspaper editorials across the nation are touting the Environmental Protection Agency’s hydraulic fracturing findings. Specifically, EPA’s landmark report concludes that tightly-regulated shale development and the use of hydraulic fracturing is “a workable and safe process” that “has not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” EPA’s fact-based findings add to the growing body […]

MSC in Philadelphia Inquirer: Wolf’s Energy Tax is Nation’s Highest

Several critical facts were glaringly absent from the pitch for higher energy taxes by the governor’s policy director (“Gas tax needed,” June 4). There was no mention that Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax represents the nation’s highest, according to the state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office. Further, both Wolf and the fiscal office have acknowledged that […]

Fact Checking Heinz-Funded Advocacy Paper

A new non-peer reviewed paper – funded by the Heinz Endowments and posted on a pay-for-play website – fails by virtually every measure to demonstrate basic and sound research principles. Below are several of the many factors that skew the advocacy paper’s so-called findings. ✓  Not peer-reviewed. ✓  Uses thoroughly debunked ‘research’ as its basis. […]

Confirmed Again: Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Highest in the Nation

Gov. Wolf’s massive energy tax hike would establish Pennsylvania as the nation’s highest effective energy tax state, according to the state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). Far from “modest” or “responsible”, IFO’s findings – highlighted in a joint senate hearing yesterday – further underscore the fact that even higher energy taxes threaten jobs and jeopardize […]