House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on Marcellus Shale Severance Tax Monday in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, May 17 – The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on a possible Marcellus Shale severance tax 10 a.m. Monday, May 22 in the House Democratic Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.

State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster and Policy Committee Chairman, will chair the hearing.

The current agenda is:

    10 a.m.           Welcome and Opening Remarks

    10:10 a.m.      Panel One:

  • Patrick McDonnell, acting secretary, Pa. Department of Environmental Protection
  • Dennis Davin, secretary, Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development

    10:40 a.m.      Panel Two:

  • Gladys Brown, chairman, Pa. Public Utility Commission
  • Matthew Knittel, director, Independent Fiscal Office

    11:10 a.m.      Panel Three:

  • Jim Welty, vice president of government affairs, Marcellus Shale Coalition
  • Todd Stager, associate vice president, Pennoni
  • Kevin Sunday, director of government affairs, Pa. Chamber of Business and Industry

    11:50 a.m.      Panel Four:

  • Rob Altenburg, director, PennFuture Energy Center
  • Thomas Au, conservation chair, Sierra Club – Pa. Chapter

    12:20 p.m.      Closing Remarks    

The hearing will stream live at