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Counties receive millions in Marcellus Shale fees

From Morning Call staff and wire reports Lehigh, Northampton and their contiguous counties were awarded more than $2.7 million from the Marcellus Shale impact fee, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Monroe, Montgomery and Schuylkill counties received nearly 13 percent more in fees than last year, which dropped slightly from the previous year. ...

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Pa. voters back fracking, but not in state parks


Thomas Fitzgerald, Philidelphia Inquirer By a wide margin, Pennsylvania voters support drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale but they draw the line at fracking beneath state parks and forest lands, according to Quinnipiac University poll results released Friday. Gov. Corbett’s order opening state parks and forests to some gas exploration could be a drag on his reelection effort, ...

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Pennsylvania takes first steps to lower summer gas emission standards


By Michael Sanserino / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A new Pennsylvania law aims to lighten emission standards on summertime gasoline in Pittsburgh and six surrounding counties. But the measure, approved last week by Gov. Tom Corbett, is just the start of a long process that may or may not lead to cheaper gas in southwestern Pennsylvania. The law requires Pennsylvania’s Department of ...

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OPINION: Is a natural gas severance tax ahead?


HARRISBURG Since Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell’s second term, Democrat legislators have been railing about the need for a severance tax on natural gas drilling. The revenue from that imagined tax has been spent hundreds of times over in debate — solving virtually every major problem facing the commonwealth. Rendell called it a “wildly popular tax” and indeed polls have shown ...

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Governor, senator ask state AG to investigate Chesapeake Energy


The state attorney general’s office will review whether it has jurisdiction to investigate complaints about the top natural gas producer in the state holding back royalty payments from landowners. Attorney General Kathleen Kane received letters from Gov. Tom Corbett and Sen. Gene Yaw, R-23, Williamsport, chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, asking her office to investigate Chesapeake ...

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EDITORIAL: The sideways approach doesn’t work


Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2014 proposed $24.9 billion state budget has introduced a curious political game in which a current governor’s executive order cancels out his predecessor’s executive order covering where and how public lands — including state parks — are subject to drilling for natural gas. It’s an election year and the possibility of Corbett issuing such an order invalidating ...

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Corbett woos energy sector, seeks to draw firms, investors


The audience for the state energy plan that Gov. Tom Corbett issued Tuesday is “business decision-makers,” specifically those who don’t live in Pennsylvania but might be looking to bring companies here. The Republican governor titled the 82-page document “Energy=Jobs” and imbued it with the strong message that Pennsylvania is open for business. It’s not a plan in the conventional sense; ...

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