Category Archives: Energy

A Severance Tax is Just the Beginning

The push for a severance tax on natural gas production has all the attention right now because it’s a major piece of the budget negotiations, but the past week has also sent us several reminders that there is much more work to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

EPA’s Proposed Methane Rules Underscore the Need for State Action

Big news in the natural gas world yesterday as the EPA released their methane reduction proposals under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The proposed federal rules aim to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Issues

Elections Have Consequences: Tom Wolf Supports Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Tom Wolf’s reaction to the Obama White House’s Clean Power Plan, which would regulate emissions from existing energy producers for the first time, is a perfect example of why it’s so important for Democrats to vote every single November, not … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Issues

Voluntary Environmental Standards Don’t Work

Officially, natural gas drillers are already complying with the EPA’s plan banning frack water from being sent to municipal water treatment plants, which aren’t equipped to clean those kinds of toins. But they still don’t want those regulations to become … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Issues

Republican End-Run Around DEP Drilling Regs Probably Doomed

Despite Tom Wolf’s veto the first time around, legislative Republicans are vowing to try once again to use the Fiscal Code to carve conventional oil and gas drillers out of the official process for creating new Marcellus Shale drilling regulations, reports … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Wolf Vetoes Republicans’ End-Run Around DEP Drilling Regulations

Along with the Republican proposals for alcohol reform and pensions, Tom Wolf also vetoed the Republicans’ plan to use the Fiscal Code to carve conventional oil and gas drilling out of DEP’s ongoing Marcellus Shale rule-writing. If Republicans want different … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Republicans Not Backing Off on Undoing Environmental Policy Through the Fiscal Code

Despite Tom Wolf’s veto, House and Senate Republicans aren’t backing off trying to undo the Department of Environmental Protection’s drilling regulations by amending the fiscal code – an abuse of the process that requires no committee hearings or public outreach, unlike the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Republicans Using Fiscal Code to Undermine DEP’s Authority to Regulate Oil and Gas Drilling

Late Sunday night, Republicans adopted an amendment to the Fiscal Code that would halt DEP’s process for regulating oil and gas. The amendment hadn’t been proposed or debated previously before randomly showing up on Sunday night, likely at the behest … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Why Don’t Pipeline Builders Have to Pay Property Taxes?

In New Jersey, pipeline builders have to pay property taxes to the towns they build in, but not in Pennsylvania: As Republican legislative leaders and the natural gas industry unite to beat back Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax proposal, here’s … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Why a Severance Tax on Natural Gas is Good for the Shale Industry

Chris Briem made a great point about this back in 2014, and I wanted to pull that out again because Mike Turzai is out there saying some pretty unbelievable stuff about the impact of a natural gas severance tax on … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues