From the Associated Press:
A Democrat running for governor in Pennsylvania wants to add a 5 percent tax to the shale gas drilling boom.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz says in a Wednesday release that the rate would still be lower than the 7.5 percent tax Texas charges.
Schwartz says the tax could generate $13 billion in revenue over a decade from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, which also extends under Ohio, West Virginia and New York.
Pennsylvania doesn’t currently tax gas production, but Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and legislative leaders created an impact fee last year that charges drillers for each well, and companies also pay corporate taxes. Experts say the impact fee is the equivalent of about a 1.5 percent tax.
Corbett says that higher taxes could stifle the drilling boom, but Schwartz disputes that.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.