Pa. Natural Gas Tax Works for NEPA & SWPA Communities Alike

“There was a lot of wisdom that went into the creation of Act 13.” -Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax is a winning policy solution that is directly improving communities around the Commonwealth, said local leaders in Washington and Wyoming Counties recently. Yesterday, elected officials and members of the natural gas community […]

Impact Tax Funds $20M+ of Community Projects Throughout Pennsylvania

Communities throughout Pennsylvania received natural gas impact tax funded grants for key environmental and infrastructure projects this week. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved 152 projects, totaling $20,885,000, for projects in counties across the state. These funds are in addition to the impact fee dollars that directly benefit each county annually. Elected officials celebrated these new […]

Local, Business and Industry Leaders Gather to Tout Benefits of Natural Gas Impact Tax

“The Act 13 impact fee is probably the most important piece of legislation for rural Pennsylvania in my lifetime.”– Senator Gene Yaw Pennsylvania’s current tax on natural gas – the impact tax – works. That message was echoed by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, elected leaders from across the region, and business voices yesterday, as […]

Natural Gas Tax Revenues Benefit Communities Statewide

The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded natural gas impact fee funded grants this week in support of important community projects across the Commonwealth. This latest round of grants funds 120 projects totaling $16.2 million in support of public services and environmental protection, including flood mitigation, abandoned mine treatment, park development and watershed protection. Since 2012, 715 […]

Think Pennsylvania Doesn’t Tax Natural Gas? Think again.

We’re expecting Gov. Wolf to double-down on a massive energy tax increase during his budget address. While the Governor will likely claim that “Pennsylvania is the only major producer of natural gas that does not ask drillers to pay their fair share,” the truth is just the opposite. Ahead of the Governor’s fourth budget address […]

Annual Natural Gas Impact Tax Revenues to Top $219 Million

Annual revenues from Pa.’s natural gas impact tax are projected to top $219 million, according to the state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office. These projected revenues are $46 million higher than 2016 and push the total generated from the state’s tax on natural gas past $1.5 billion. Here’s what they’re saying about natural gas impact tax […]

Impact Fee Funded Grants Benefit More Pa. Communities

This week, communities throughout the Commonwealth received natural gas impact fee – Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax – funded grants for key environmental and infrastructure projects. Through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, 115 projects, totaling more than $15.7 million were awarded to counties throughout the state. These funds are in addition to the impact fee dollars that […]

Four Fast Facts on Higher Energy Taxes

As we continue to hear more political spin on proposals for a massive energy tax increase, it’s important to separate fiction from fact. We already know that the Independent Fiscal Office concluded – for the third straight year – that the governor’s proposed energy tax increase, for example, would give Pennsylvania the nation’s highest tax […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax an Effective, Winning Policy

Summertime – it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase. Despite the clear fact that Pennsylvania’s impact fee – our tax on natural gas, which has generated $1.2 billion in new revenue – is working, some in Harrisburg continue to be […]

Pa.’s Natural Gas Impact Tax Generates $1.2 Billion, Keeps Revenues Local

Revenue generated by Pa.’s natural gas impact tax has topped $1.2 billion since 2011, the state’s Public Utility Commission announced recently. The upcoming distribution of more than $173 from Pa.’s unique tax on natural gas, is, as one Beaver Co. commissioner put it, “happy news for the commissioners and happy news for the county.” In […]

MSC Statement on Natural Gas Impact Tax Distribution Topping $1.2 Billion

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Today, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced $173 million in county and municipality impact fee disbursements for 2016, bringing the total generated from Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax to $1.2 billion in revenues since 2011. Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement on the latest impact fee distributions: […]

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 […]

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 […]

MSC Statement on Pa. Supreme Court Ruling

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruling: “We are reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision in full to evaluate its impact on our operations across Pennsylvania.  As we did prior to enactment of Act 13 and have done during this period of review […]

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 […]

Act 13 Powers Pennsylvania Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program

Updated: May 21, 2013 As safe, tightly regulated natural gas development continues to benefit every corner of Pennsylvania with low-cost energy and new opportunity, we were reminded this week of the far-reaching impacts of Act 13, the revenue generated by this bipartisan piece of legislation and how it is advancing clean transportation alternatives. Funded through […]

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 […]

MSC Statement on 2012 Pa. Natural Gas Impact Fee Revenue

Fee Has Generated More Than $400 Million in Revenue Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition CEO Kathryn Klaber issued the following statement regarding the release of 2012 impact fee revenue data by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission: “This is more exciting news for the Commonwealth, with literally every Pennsylvanian benefiting from responsible Marcellus development, even […]

Oil & Gas Journal: Helping Marcellus Communities

Marcellus Shale Coalition Pres. Kathryn Klaber said it further underscores that Marcellus production “is positively impacting every square inch of the commonwealth.” She said, “These critical resources will help ensure that local governments are equipped to make the most of this historic opportunity.” By Nick Snow, Washington Editor Pennsylvania’s impact fees have raised more than […]

What They’re Saying About Pa.’s Marcellus Shale Gas Impact Fees

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Corbett along with Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) officials announced the disbursements from the recently enacted bipartisan natural gas impact fee for local and county governments across the Commonwealth. On its website, PUC has a detailed breakdown of the disbursements. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) issues this statement and MSC president Kathryn […]

MSC Statement on Impact Fee Disbursements to Pa. Counties, Municipalities

Nearly $109 Million in Natural Gas-Related Revenues Heading to Local Governments Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Kathryn Klaber issued this statement regarding today’s natural gas impact fee disbursement announcement made by Governor Tom Corbett and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC): “The safe development of job-creating American natural gas continues to provide […]

MSC Statement on PUC Impact Fee Payments

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Kathryn Klaber issued the following statement on Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s release of impact fee payments to date: “At a time when budget shortfalls are stretching state and local governments to their limits, responsible American natural gas production is helping to support tens of thousands of good jobs […]

Fact Check: Despite Baseless Claims, New PA Natural Gas Law Heightens Fracturing Disclosure

Fringe, Anti-Natural Gas Blog Concocts Fictional “Gag Order” Canonsburg, PA – Transparency is at the core of the region’s natural gas industry. The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s (MSC) Guiding Principles, in fact, are underpinned by this fundamental commitment. Indeed, our Guiding Principles also emphasize the important role of maintaining a fact-based dialogue about the responsible development […]