Just The Facts on Higher Energy Tax Schemes

Gov. Wolf doubled-down on his proposal for job-crushing higher energy taxes last week, ignoring the real-world market reality of this energy downturn that’s spurred thousands of layoffs as well as dozens of bankruptcies. And despite the governor stating that the energy industry is “showing no signs of slowing down,” there couldn’t be a worse time […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “The governor continues to ignore market realities in pushing for additional energy taxes that will cost even more good-paying Pennsylvania jobs in this depressed global commodity environment. “There couldn’t be a worse time for additional energy […]

What They’re Saying: “Couldn’t Be a Worse Time for Higher Energy Taxes”

Despite many Pennsylvanians’ concerns about the grave job and consumer consequences of a massive energy tax hike, some in Harrisburg continue to dangerously ignore stark market realities in their focus on enacting even higher energy taxes. Yet key energy-producing states, including W.Va., that rely on severance tax revenues are facing severe budget shortfalls as difficult […]

Local Natural Gas Delivers Consumer Energy Savings

For consumers and manufacturers, the safe and well-regulated production of abundant, local shale resources is delivering significant energy savings. As WITF reports, Pennsylvania households are seeing heating bills that are half of what they were just seven years ago. What’s more, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association president David Taylor tells WESA that regional manufacturers are experiencing a […]

MSC in Times-Tribune: Higher Energy Taxes Will Cost Good-Paying Local Jobs

The Times-Tribune’s Oct. 19 editorial (“Expand pact to include fair taxation”) ignores market realities and basic economics in its call for higher energy taxes that will cost good-paying local jobs. As The Sunday Times reported on Oct. 18 (“Natural gas companies pounded by low prices”), natural gas prices are at decade-long lows, driving a downturn […]

MSC in York Daily Record: Gas Tax Fact Finder Piece Off Base

While the paper’s Oct. 3 “fact finder” on Gov. Wolf’s highest-in-the-nation energy tax proposal made a number of important points, it failed to provide readers with key context. We appreciate that this paper — like so many others across the commonwealth as well as independent experts — confirmed that Gov. Wolf’s energy tax hike proposal […]

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. […]

What They’re Saying: Shale a “Rare Economic Bright Spot” for America

Safe, job-creating American shale development continues to be a win-win for Pennsylvanians, the economy and our environment. Lauded as both a “rare economic bright spot” and the “greatest environmental triumph of the century”, it’s no wonder there is widespread public support for this “once-in-a-generation opportunity.” Yet, it’s important to note, that despite these benefits, there […]

MSC in Pottstown Mercury: Higher Energy Taxes Will Hurt Pa. Economy

In its July 27 editorial, “Pottstown School Leaders Advocate for State Budget with More Schools Funding,” The Mercury fundamentally fails to acknowledge the negative impact that Gov. Wolf’s proposed energy tax – the nation’s highest – will have on Pennsylvania’s economy. For countless families and communities throughout all corners of the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s energy revolution […]

Higher Energy Taxes Will Hit Shale’s Supply Chain the Hardest

The shale supply chain in Pennsylvania is supported by more than 1,300 diverse businesses, providing jobs with good wages and benefits for hardworking Pennsylvanians. But persistently low commodity prices are driving a downturn in shale activity, affecting communities, working families, and the small and mid-sized businesses that support responsible natural gas development. A story this week […]