Treas. PA 4th CD Chapter, PDA
Gas drillers have been concentrating on the Marcellus Shale deposit in New York as they work with the Pennsylvania Republicans to gain a free hand to exploit our resources. The bought Republican majority in the PA Senate and the minority in the House used the budget crisis as leverage to force Democrats to back down on the gas severance tax.
All the states with a history of gas drilling impose a severance tax on the gas so that the citizens recover a share of the treasure taken from their land. This is in addition to the local lease that the drillers pay to set up operations on a piece of property. The Republicans blocked the severance tax in this year’s budget even though it is estimated that Pennsylvania would receive over $500 million a year in gas severance revenues. The Republicans claimed that the lease income to the state for drilling on gamelands and state forests would be a bonanza. The real bonanza was the lobbyist payoffs to the Republicans.