MSC in New Castle News: Additional energy taxes will cost consumers, jobs

Editor, The News: Pennsylvania’s existing tax on natural gas development — the impact fee — is a policy solution that’s working as designed. This fact was unfortunately missing from a July 24 article (“Governor’s proposed plan to fix blight and internet availability in city”) covering the Wolf administration’s plan that would triple-tax energy development in […]

Additional Energy Taxes a “Gut Punch” to Pa. Families

For the fifth year, Governor Wolf has proposed a massive tax increase on Pennsylvania’s energy job creators that threatens economic growth and burdens hard-working families with higher energy costs. As in previous years, the proposal to triple-tax Pennsylvania energy has fallen flat among lawmakers, with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman telling reporters earlier this week […]

Radio Recap: Natural Gas a “Winner for the Region”

Natural gas is driving manufacturing job growth, consumer savings, and clean air progress, all “winners for the region,” MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer said during radio interviews across the Commonwealth this week. Here’s a few key highlights from radio row:   On a Generational Manufacturing Opportunity “We’ve got a petrochemical facility being built in the west that […]

Pa.’s Existing Natural Gas Tax Funds Infrastructure, Environmental Programs

Instead of promoting the infrastructure, housing and environmental initiatives funded with revenues from Pennsylvania’s existing tax on natural gas, Governor Wolf is visiting communities to push a massive energy tax increase that will burden consumers and cost jobs. The governor’s latest energy tax increase, part of the “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, would levy a tax top […]

PennLive Relies on Sloppy Report, Omits Context to Advance Biased Narrative

A recent PennLive editorial regrettably missed the mark by relying on a sloppy report as support for a half-baked argument. The report in question, “PA’s Marcellus Money,” was thrown together by SEIU, Sierra Club and other energy tax advocates under the banner of The Conservation Voters of PA, and it contained numerous serious and glaring […]

Pa. Natural Gas Impact Fee Generates $209M+, Proceeds Benefit All Counties

Communities across Pennsylvania will receive more than $209 million in new impact fee revenue, Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced yesterday. Since 2012 the impact fee – Pennsylvania’s drilling tax – has generated nearly $1.5 billion for communities in all 67 counties. This natural gas impact fee is working as designed, generating hundreds of millions […]

Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Hike to Harm Pa. Jobs, Consumers

Governor Wolf threw his support behind an energy tax increase this week, marking the fourth year in a row the governor put forth a plan that harms Pennsylvania families, small businesses, and consumers. Just like previous proposals, this latest tax increase is a step backward and will make Pennsylvania less competitive for job-creating investment. Natural […]

MSC in PennLive: Just Say ‘No’ to Wolf’s Latest Severance Tax Push

By David Spigelmyer Political stunts and double-speak appear to be the hallmarks of this election season, especially when it comes to safe, job-creating natural gas development. Pennsylvania politicians – starting with the driver of the navy blue Jeep – claim they want the job creation, community benefits and economic growth that natural gas delivers. In […]

Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Pennsylvania’s Energy Leadership, Jobs

Pennsylvania is one of the top natural gas producing states in the U.S., strengthening its position as a national energy leader, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA reports that the Commonwealth’s natural gas production averaged a record 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2017, 3% higher […]

MSC in Phila. Inquirer: Gov. Wolf’s Policies Don’t Match His Rhetoric When It Comes to Natural Gas

By David Spigelmyer Gov. Wolf recently shared some encouraging insights on Pennsylvania’s energy future. “The shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin represent enormous economic opportunity,” he said in a news release announcing efforts aimed at attracting more manufacturing to the commonwealth. If only the governor’s policies matched his rhetoric, which continues to threaten the […]

Natural Gas: ‘Enormous Opportunity’ for Economic, Environmental Progress

Natural gas is “an enormous economic opportunity that’s generated tens-of-thousands of jobs in communities across the Commonwealth,” MSC president Dave Spigelmyer said during a TV interview last night. During the half-hour conversation that aired on PCN, Spigelmyer explored how the “most affordable gas on the planet right here in Pennsylvania” is driving broad economic and […]

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 […]

Post-Gazette / Inquirer “Investigation” Exposes “Gotcha” Journalism by Neglecting Key Facts & Context

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer failed to exercise good news judgment by omitting publicly available and easily accessible data for a weekend story. Their piece excludes basic facts and highly critical background in an effort to advance a one-sided narrative. Since they forgot to do their job, we will help them. Let’s start […]

Higher Energy Taxes are a “Boneheaded Move” Risking Jobs, Investment

Our abundant natural gas resources give Pa. manufacturers an energy advantage, as low-cost, reliable natural gas has created new generational business opportunities. Harnessing our energy resources for end-use opportunities in power generation and manufacturing can “be the engine of new growth” for the Commonwealth, Chevron Appalachia’s Stacey Olson and Peoples Natural Gas’ Morgan O’Brien wrote […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gov. Wolf’s Massive, Job-Crushing Energy Tax Proposal Falls Flat, Again

A months few back, in talking with voters about Pennsylvania energy development, Gov. Wolf promised that his administration would do “everything we can to make this part of the economy thrive.” Yet during his budget address this week, the governor — once again — proposed a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase on Pennsylvania job creators […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s 2017-2018 Budget Address

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “We’re disappointed that Governor Wolf continues to focus on additional energy taxes, which will further harm the Commonwealth’s economic competitiveness and cost good-paying, Pennsylvania jobs. “While we’re cautiously optimistic that the national energy market may begin […]

Pennsylvania Must Remain Competitive

State lawmakers will soon start assembling a new spending plan after hearing Gov. Wolf’s thoughts on his budget priorities. It’s a chance for our leaders to enact policies that Pennsylvanians have made clear they want to see: job-creating opportunities that encourage investment and make the Commonwealth more competitive. It’s a message voters sent in November, […]

Higher Energy Taxes Put More Pa. Families, Small Businesses into “Survival Mode”

As Harrisburg works to finalize Pennsylvania’s annual budget, it’s never been more clear that there couldn’t be a worse time for a massive energy tax hike that’ll jeopardize good-paying jobs across the Commonwealth. In fact, the Tribune-Review brought these painful economic realities into light recently under the headline “Bankruptcies, Foreclosures Up in Areas Where Gas, […]

America Continues Reign as World’s Top Natural Gas Producer

Thanks to America’s shale energy revolution, the United States remains the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report. Since surpassing Russia in 2011, the U.S. has maintained its number one position in natural gas production with Pennsylvania contributing significantly to America’s enhanced security. In addition to […]

Pa.’s Natural Gas Impact Tax a Winning National Model

Pennsylvanians support keeping natural gas tax revenues in local communities, according to a new Indiana University study. The researchers, who polled nearly 500 Pennsylvanians, found that the Commonwealth’s natural gas impact fee tax serves as an effective national model, concluding that other states should consider “adopting targeted reinvestment policies for energy development that are similar […]

New Analysis Confirms Gov. Wolf’s Massive Energy Tax Hike Will Sting Pa. Families

The nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) once again confirms in a new report that Gov. Wolf’s latest proposal for even higher energy taxes would make Pennsylvania the nation’s highest natural gas taxed state. In fact, IFO concludes that the governor’s massive tax increase would lead to less overall natural gas production and higher energy costs […]

Natural Gas Strengthens America’s Energy Security, Delivers Consumer Benefits

As some in Harrisburg continue to pursue misguided plans for even higher energy taxes and unnecessary, additional regulations that will provide little-to-no environmental benefit, MSC’s David Spigelmyer joined WPGP’s Rose Tennent to discuss the benefits of affordable, clean-burning natural gas. Here are highlights from Spigelmyer’s interview yesterday: On Strengthening National Security “Shale development has lessened […]

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 […]

State Budgets Suffer as Severance Tax Revenues Plummet

As some in Harrisburg continue to push for additional and even higher energy taxes which threaten Pennsylvania jobs, policymakers must consider the facts, including these: While higher energy tax advocates selectively cite taxes on the books in other energy-producing states, they perhaps purposefully fail to mention the plummeting revenues and massive budget deficits many of […]

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 […]

“Massive” Energy Tax Hike Threatens Shale’s Economic, Environmental Benefits

Consumers, manufacturers, and our environment are all benefitting from locally-produced, affordable natural gas. As laid out in a recent Scranton Times-Tribune news story under the headline “Gas and Power March Together,” the paper reports that shale development is creating a “wave of projects” that are generating reliable, affordable and clean electricity across the Commonwealth. Beyond […]

MSC in Butler Eagle: Higher Energy Taxes Jeopardize Shale’s Benefits

The Aug. 12 editorial “Plunging oil, stock prices weigh on Pa. severance tax” asked whether it is “prudent” to enact a massive energy tax increase. Pennsylvanians — local government officials and consumers as well as union members and small businesses — have a clear answer: Now is the absolute worst time to raise Pennsylvania’s energy […]

MSC in Bradford Era: Pennsylvanians Deserve the Facts

Pennsylvanians deserve to have all the facts and information regarding the administration’s misleading — and outright false — energy tax claims that were outlined in a July 29 op-ed (“Wolf: State Republicans Ignoring the Will of the People”). While the administration suggests a willingness to offer concessions for even higher energy taxes, those allowances did […]

MSC in Phila. Inq.: We Need Policies that Encourage Shale Development

It is dangerously misleading to ignore the fact that even higher energy taxes jeopardize jobs (“How Pa. can get severance tax right,” Aug. 2). Responsible shale development is driving a petrochemical rebirth, specifically at Marcus Hook. Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 pipeline is expected to support an estimated 30,000 construction jobs, generate nearly $62 million […]

MSC in Times-Tribune: Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Pa. Jobs

In an Aug. 1 editorial, The Times-Tribune demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of basic economics and current market realities. Contrary to the assertions, a proposed increase Pennsylvania’s energy tax on natural gas threatens tens of thousands of good-paying Pennsylvania jobs as well as shale’s broad consumer, environmental and manufacturing benefits. All 67 counties throughout the commonwealth […]

Separating Higher Energy Tax Fact from Fiction

This week, even more fact-based opinion pieces straightforwardly separate higher energy tax from fiction. As we know, massively higher energy taxes on natural gas will hurt our economy and jeopardize local jobs all while generating far less revenue than claimed and causing families to shoulder more burden. Here’s what they’re saying: Williamsport Sun-Gazette editorial The […]

Even Higher Energy Taxes Threaten Pa. Jobs

Shale development in the Commonwealth continues to benefit our economy and environment. From providing regional building trades unions with thousands of good-paying jobs to delivering consumer savings for families and improving air quality, these clear benefits touch all corners of Pa. That’s why it’s critical to continue the safe development of our region’s energy infrastructure. […]

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 […]

Five Questions for Governor Wolf

With Governor Wolf hosting a Facebook town hall today, the Marcellus Shale Coalition is posing five questions about the impact of job-crushing plans for higher energy taxes. Here are the five – of many – questions. Be sure to check back after the Q&A to see if and how the Governor responds. Under current market […]

Higher Energy Tax Math Just Doesn’t Add Up

As some in Harrisburg work to drastically increase Pennsylvania’s energy taxes – a move that will risk shale’s broad-based positive benefits and strong record of job growth – it is becoming abundantly and increasingly more clear that their math just doesn’t add up. Singling out one subset of an industry – which already generates billions in […]