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Shale executives raise pressure against severance tax in Pa.

Seventeen top executives from some of the largest companies working in the Marcellus shale signed a letter asking legislative leaders in Harrisburg to block Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise taxes on the natural gas industry. “It defies good economic policy to single out a key industry and economic engine by instituting an onerous energy tax that would generate limited ...

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Pipeline Task Force: First official meeting


It is official, Pennsylvania’s brand new pipeline task force is holding its first meeting this Wednesday in Harrisburg. The meeting will be held at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Southcentral Regional Office located at 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Wednesday.  The meeting will also be available for live-streaming online for those ...

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Republicans say they will create own budget to avoid stalemate

HARRISBURG — Thursday came and went without discernible movement in the state budget standoff between Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans, increasing the likelihood that lawmakers send the Democratic governor legislation without his priorities by the deadline early next week. House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said Thursday afternoon that while House Republicans maintain the goal of all parties reaching ...

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Marcellus permit activity in Pennsylvania


The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania saw quite a bit of action over the last week.  Yet, despite the on going activity, the number of jobs the gas industry supplies the state with has dropped drastically. It was like magic how quickly the state of Pennsylvania lost 160,000 jobs in the natural gas industry, but the credit for the trick ...

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Train derailments: Looking at track defects

On a snowy morning in February 2014, a Norfolk Southern freight train snaked east through rural Westmoreland County with 83 of its cars loaded with crude oil. It was cruising at about 30 mph near Vandergrift when it hit a section of track where the rail was slightly too far apart. The spikes designed to hold the rails in place ...

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Wolf seeks Obama’s help in boosting oil-train safety

Gov. Wolf on Friday joined a chorus of officials pressuring the federal government to improve oil-train safety, and urged the government to reduce the volatility of North Dakota crude oil, which has been implicated in several recent fiery accidents. The new governor released a letter he wrote to President Obama this week about the increasing rail volumes of crude oil, ...

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Editorial: Tom Wolf, revealed: Good grief

Gov. Tom Wolf supports fewer jobs for Pennsylvanians, especially for minorities attempting to step onto the first rung of the employment experience ladder. He also supports fewer small businesses doing business in the Keystone State. And the governor is in favor of sending Marcellus shale drilling companies to other states so their residents can better reap the benefits of the ...

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Wolf severance tax keeps impact fee distribution

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf proposed Wednesday a 5 percent state severance tax on natural gas production that continues state payments to offset the impact of drilling on shale counties in Northeast Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Mr. Wolf said 5 percent is a “reasonable” tax rate that could generate up to $1 billion mostly for public education by the fiscal 2016-17 ...

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Activists hope new Pa. governor shifts gas debate

The natural gas that would fill two proposed local pipelines comes from Pennsylvania, a state that got a new leader Tuesday in the person of Gov. Tom Wolf, a millionaire Democrat who defeated one of the most pro-drilling governors in the nation, Tom Corbett, in November. Distressed by what they say would be negative environmental impacts from proposed pipelines that ...

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Infrastructure is moving in

Even though the price of gas has slowed the growth of the natural gas industry, production in Pennsylvania is moving right along and continues to break records, said the President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition David Spigelmyer. Wells are producing more with the help of hydraulic fracturing, a method that uses high-pressure liquid to break through the underground rock formations ...

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