Wolf’s Severance Tax Threat Costs Small PA Town $315,000

threatTwo weeks ago the hapless newly elected governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, introduced a new 7.5% severance tax plan to soak the Marcellus Shale industry in his state (see PA Gov Wolf Proposes Marcellus-Killing 7.5% Severance Tax). Wolf wants to target one industry, oil and gas, to give their hard-earned money away to another industry, teachers. He’s trying to pay back all of those good union voters in Philadelphia who elected him. But Wolf’s threat of a tax is already having very tangible consequences. Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration has pulled out of a deal to lease 90 acres of land owned by Harmar Township (Allegheny County), PA. That just cost Harmar $315,000. Why did Huntley & Huntley pull out? The uncertainty over Wolf’s severance tax. If the tax passes, a great deal of drilling in PA’s Marcellus Shale will be idled–and that’s not idle speculation…

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