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Energizing Massachusetts

analysis  massachusetts  income  energy development  oil and natural gas development  pricewaterhousecoopers  regulation  tax revenue  wood mackenzie 

Reid Porter

Reid Porter
Posted July 23, 2015

Our series highlighting the economic and jobs impact of energy in each of the 50 states continues today with Massachusetts. We started our focus on the state level with Virginia on June 29 and information covered in this series can be found online here, arranged on an interactive map of the United States. State-specific information across the country will be populated on this map as the series continues.

As we can see with Massachusetts, the energy impacts of the states individually combine to form energy’s national economic and jobs picture: 9.8 million jobs supported and $1.2 trillion in value added.

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Making the Most of the U.S. Energy Revolution

energy policies  exxonmobil  trade  energy exports  fracking  taxes  tax revenue 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 13, 2015

UPI – U.S. policymakers are called on to adopt the energy policies necessary to take advantage of the new era of abundance, the chairman of Exxon Mobil said.

Some energy companies with a focus on exploration and production are advocating for a repeal of a ban on the export of some domestically-produced crude oil. The ban was enacted in the 1970s in response to an export embargo from Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Exxon Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson led the drive, telling an audience at The Economic Club in Washington D.C. current policies are out of step with the energy landscape in the shale era.

"It is time to build policies that reflect our newfound abundance, that view the future with optimism, that recognize the power of free markets to drive innovation, and that proceed with the conviction that free trade brings prosperity and progress," he said in a Thursday address.

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The Gift of Petroleum

american energy  jobs  Economy  Environment  hydraulic fracturing  taxes  tax revenue 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted December 23, 2013

State Already Taxes Oil in many Ways

San Francisco Chronicle (Catherine Reheis-Boyd): Tom Steyer, the San Francisco billionaire environmentalist, has launched a campaign to increase taxes on energy production in California. He thinks oil companies are allowed to "siphon California resources without providing any meaningful return to Californians."

Beginning an education campaign on inaccurate claims doesn't bode well for the quality of the educational experience.

To claim Californians receive no meaningful return for the oil we produce is puzzling. Oil companies in California generate $6 billion in tax revenues for state and local governments, according to an analysis by Purvin & Gertz in 2011. While it's true California does not have an oil severance tax per se, California taxes oil companies and oil production in a variety of other ways.

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Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas - Help for Government Budgets

access  government revenue  royalties  tax revenue 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 11, 2013

There are a number of good reasons to continue developing America’s vast reserves of unconventional oil and natural gas, according to the latest IHS study: 3.3 million jobs that could be supported by 2020, more than $468 billion in annual contributions to GDP, a rise in individual household disposable income of more than $3,500 by 2025 (up from $1,200 per household in 2012). Here’s more good news, especially for federal and state officials dealing with tight budgets.

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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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