Lawmakers eyeing an extraction tax on natural gas drillers to help plug a nearly $2 billion hole in next year's budget had best take notice: they may not have the support of the voters back home.
As the price of natural gas drops and production slows, Governor Tom Wolf's severance tax proposal could not have come at a worse time.
The natural gas industry has brought enormous economic benefits to the commonwealth
Pennsylvania's gas industry has done great things for the Commonwealth and Vinny Gaglione says he hopes Tom Wolf's actions on natural gas match his rhetoric. His proposed severance tax seems to go in the opposite direction.
Energy has been a favorite topic of debate for centuries. In order to live our modern lives, we need to get energy from somewhere and transport it to those who use it for domestic or commercial purposes. But which forms of energy to use and how to transport them from producer to consumer have long been the source of heated discussion.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms what many small-government environmentalists have been saying for years: States are more effective at regulating the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations than is the Environmental Protection Agency.
In six short years, the word "shale" has taken on new and significant meaning for the future development of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
This is in response to Dan Simpson's July 30 column, "Fracking Compromises the Future."
Shale has entered the language - and the income stream - of Western Pennsylvanians. But whatever the regional payoff, shale is the best reason for national optimism to come along in a generation.
To see the positive impact responsible shale development is having across our region, look no further than the new and expanded hotels, bustling restaurants, thriving small businesses and contractors whose phones are ringing off the hook.