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Expand – Don’t Hinder – Pennsylvania’s Energy Opportunity

natural gas  pennsylvania severance tax  economic growth  consumers  jobs  marcellus shale region 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 28, 2017

The latest severance tax proposal in Pennsylvania, targeting natural gas production as well as consumer items and services, is a story of lawmakers risking harm to ongoing energy activity and economic growth – already providing significant benefits to people all across the commonwealth – instead of working to expand opportunity through pro-growth policies. Unfortunately, the tale being written by the state Senate could be about less natural gas production (and potentially less revenue to the commonwealth), less economic growth and fewer benefits to Pennsylvanians.

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C’Mon, New York, Embrace the Energy Renaissance

100-days  carbon dioxide emissions  Economy  Environment  hydraullic fracturing  Marcellus Shale 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 20, 2017

Natural gas is a winner – for U.S. consumers, the economy and the environment. Quick, somebody tell officials in New York state – where they continue to ban hydraulic fracturing, the key to unlocking vast natural gas reserves located right under New Yorkers’ feet, to the benefit of New York consumers, New York job-seekers and New York’s environment.

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Protesting Progress

natural gas benefits  emission reductions  carbon dioxide  shale energy  marcellus shale region 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 22, 2016

We’ve read the articles about how affordable natural gas – much of it from the Marcellus Shale in next-door Pennsylvania – has benefitted New York and specifically New York City. So it’s puzzling to hear about a recent effort in New York to block expansion of an Upstate natural gas storage plant in the name of a “climate emergency,” as one activist put it – puzzling because natural gas is doing more to reduce U.S. emissions than any other fuel. The New York Times reports:

“The irony is this,” said Phil West, a spokesman for Spectra Energy, whose pipeline projects, including those in New York State, have come under attack. “The shift to additional natural gas use is a key contributor to helping the U.S. reduce energy-related emissions and improve air quality.”

Unfortunately, this is an example of out-of-the-mainstream activism at work, threatening to roll back important American progress on emissions that has occurred during a period of economic growth and rising domestic energy output. We say this is out of the mainstream because we reckon the real alarm would sound among New Yorkers if access to affordable natural gas got harder for lack of infrastructure – pipelines, pumping stations, storage installations and the like.

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Energy Today – June 24, 2013

e15  Economy  gasoline  ethanol  hydraulic fracturing  Marcellus Shale  Security and Access  renewable fuel standard  revenue  Utica 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 24, 2013

AP - Boost For Cars or Bust? 

AP reports on the debate surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard and E15 gasoline after a recent ruling by the Supreme Court. "The ever increasing ethanol mandate has become unsustainable, causing a looming crisis for gasoline consumers," API's Bob Greco said. "We're at the point where refiners are being pressured to put unsafe levels of ethanol in gasoline, which could damage vehicles, harm consumers and wreak havoc on our economy."

Houston ChronicleEnergy Surge Spreads Its Wealth Around City

Houston is arguably the center of American energy. With the surge in domestic energy, the city’s business sector – and revenues – has grown over the last few years. The Chronicle highlights the “vibrant metropolitan area.”

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Shale Energy Development = Opportunity for Pennsylvanians

jobs  marcellus  Shale  tax revenue  royalties 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 14, 2013

The energy stimulus from shale development last year in Pennsylvania is big – big as in approaching a number with nine zeroes:

  • $202.4 million collected in state impact fees from energy producers.
  • $731 million in rents and royalties paid to land and mineral rights owners.

That’s nearly $1 billion from the oil and natural gas industry in terms of tax revenues for government to allocate (more below) and payments to individuals.

Pennsylvania officials announced this week $202,472,000 was collected in producer-paid impact fees in 2012. About $204 million was collected for 2011, bringing the two-year total to more than $406.6 million, state officials said. Public Utility Commission Chairman Robert F. Powelson:

“The PUC is entrusted by the Governor and the legislature with the collection and distribution of the Impact Fee monies. Again, we have met all of the deadlines in the legislation, which contains a complex and specific formula for getting this money into the hands of local communities.”

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The Enormous Potential of PA's Marcellus Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing

access  domestic energy  energy policy  environmental protection agency  epa  fracking  fracking fluids  hydraulic fracturing  pennsylvania  shale rock  fracturing fluids  marcellus shale coalition  pittsburgh  water supplies 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 19, 2010

Pennsylvania appears to be having a knee-jerk reaction to a commonly-used process to produce natural gas from shale rock formations. In the past few days, the outgoing governor has imposed a ban on all new natural gas drilling on public lands, and Pittsburgh's City Council has passed a bill to ban drilling within the city limits.

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Study: Marcellus Shale - Enormous Economic, Energy Potential

domestic energy  economic impacts of marcellus  marcellus  marcellus shale coalition  natural gas  penn state natural gas study  pennsylvania  pennsylvania natural gas  penn state 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 26, 2010

new Penn State study says the development of clean-burning natural gas in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation could create 212,000 new jobs during the next 10 years and generate more than $1.8 billion in state and local tax revenues during the next 18 months. 

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