Energy Lobby Heavyweights Pressure Pennsylvania GOP to Block Shale Tax

August 9, 2017

Some of the energy industry's biggest trade organizations are throwing their weight against a new tax on users of the nation's largest natural shale gas field in Pennsylvania, arguing that it would only hurt the local industrial economy and would do little to alleviate the state's budget deficit.

Energy lobbying groups like the American Petroleum Institute are focusing their efforts on blocking a proposed severance tax on natural gas extraction as a way to put more pressure on the Republican-led Pennsylvania House of Representatives and raise the stakes for Republican lawmakers who normally support industry interests.

Pennsylvania, led by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, is looking at ways to plug the state's $2 billion budget deficit. Wolf has repeatedly tried to address this by proposing a shale tax, following up on his 2014 campaign promises...

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