Pashinski, Policy Committee discuss Marcellus shale severance tax

WILKES-BARRE, May 1 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Wilkes University to explore the impacts of implementing a potential Marcellus shale severance tax in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is blessed with an abundance of quality natural gas, and by now the industry has had nearly 10 years to get their operations up and running,” Pashinski said. “The time has come to pursue an amicable severance tax that is fair to both the people of Pennsylvania and the Marcellus shale companies.”

State Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, added: “I thank Representative Pashinski for requesting this hearing, so we could hear good testimony from state officials, the Marcellus shale industry, and other experts about whether Pennsylvania should finally implement a severance tax. The state’s impact fee does not go far enough and it has been long overdue for the industry to pay its fair share for utilizing Pennsylvania’s natural resources.”

The committee heard testimonies from Dennis Davin, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Scott Perry, deputy secretary for oil and gas, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Frank Joanlanne, president, Borton Lawson Engineering; Marleen Troy, professor of environmental engineering, Wilkes University; and Marc Stier, director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

Hearing materials are available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee