PA Gov Wolf Tries to Walk Back Ban Comment, PIOGA Doesn’t Buy It

passive aggressiveIs Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf an extortionist? Or is he just dumb? Last week, in response to a reporter’s question about his proposed severance tax and what might happen if it doesn’t pass the legislature, Wolf said this: “You know, the alternative is not really no tax… the alternative is no drilling – a ban as in the case of New York” (see PA Gov Wolf Turns Bully, Threatens Ban on Drilling Absent New Tax). What the heck did he mean by that? And why are there NO mainstream media outlets covering it? Yesterday Wolf tried to walk back his comment without looking like a dolt. He didn’t succeed. The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) is fighting mad and says Wolf’s comment is tantamount to extortion (see their letter below). So which is it Gov. Wolf? Are you threatening the Marcellus industry in your state–pay the tax or die? Did you take one too many Xanax pills before the presser last week and you “misspoke”? What, precisely, did you mean by your comment?…

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