Archive for January 25th, 2009

PA Gov. Ed Rendell Justifies New Tax on Marcellus Shale Drilling

In a Times-Tribune editorial about Pennsylvania’s impending budget deficit, which is now projected to be $2.3 billion, Gov. Ed Rendell is quoted saying a proposed tax on drilling in the Marcellus Shale won’t be more “severe” than in other states: The governor is ready to propose a first-time severance tax on natural gas produced at […]

PA DEP Advises Venting Water Wells in Dimock Twp, But Source of Gas Still Unknown

Four water wells in Dimock Township, PA have been found to have high levels of natural gas, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is advising area home owners to vent their water wells. Following an explosion Jan. 1 that shattered an 8-foot cement well cover, four wells with unacceptable levels of natural gas have […]

Former PA Rep Dan Surra Appointed to “Protect Interests” of Non-Landowners in Marcellus Shale Drilling

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has violated his own hiring freeze and appointed an ally, former Democrat State Representative Dan Surra, as senior adviser on the Pennsylvania Wilds to DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) Secretary Michael DiBerardinis. The position pays $95,000 per year and includes “protecting interests” with regard to Marcellus Shale drilling. In […]


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