State Supreme Court hears arguments on new controversial drilling rules

State Supreme Court hears arguments on new controversial drilling rules

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Pittsburgh Wednesday on an appeal case by the state Department of Environmental Protection from a Commonwealth Court ruling that temporarily blocks sections of new hydraulically fractured natural gas drilling regulations across the state.  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Lawmakers continue incremental progress toward revenue agreement

Lawmakers continue incremental progress toward revenue agreement

State lawmakers continued working toward a budget-balancing revenue agreement on Tuesday, but any progress made was incremental, if at all.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Poll shows Pennsylvania voters disfavor consumer-funded nuclear bailout

Poll shows Pennsylvania voters disfavor consumer-funded nuclear bailout

According to a poll released Wednesday by American Petroleum Institute-PA, Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly disapprove of the concept of a consumer-funded nuclear bailout.

While there currently is no specific legislation introduced to create such a bailout, API spokesperson Michael Tadeo said the organization wanted to get out ahead of the issue.

 

“We wanted to inform members of the statehouse as they return in September that voters in the state are against this,” he said. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Business association leaders say revenue package will hurt state's competitiveness, increase operating costs

Business association leaders say revenue package will hurt state's competitiveness, increase operating costs

A coalition of Pennsylvania business and economic leaders came together Tuesday to discuss what they believe to be the negative impacts of the Senate-passed revenue package to fund the 2017-2018 state budget 


Much of the conversation focused on the new taxes and higher tax rates proposed for natural gas drillers and consumers in $2 billion revenue package passed by the body in late July.  


The proposal calls for a five percent tax on the gross transaction amount of electric grid virtual financial transactions and a 5.7 percent gross receipts tax to natural gas consumption, provisions that many within the “Anti-Energy Tax Coalition” say will quash any competitive advantage Pennsylvania may have in the energy industry. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

As revenue talks drag on, fight over natural gas severance tax heats up

With budget-related revenue negotiations likely to drag into the third week of their current standoff, the fight over whether a natural gas severance tax should be part of those discussions has continued to heat up.

 

While Republican leaders have been more than recalcitrant in their stance toward bringing up any one of the numerous proposals introduced in either the House or Senate, one can hardly speak to a Democrat or moderate Republican in the Capitol without hearing from one of them about how such a tax—in exchange with the natural gas industry for some regulatory relief—could be a primary solution to end the Commonwealth’s revenue woes.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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