PA Dem Seeks Severance Tax Break for 2 P&G Wells in His District

One of the unsung hero stories we’ve told a few times on MDN is about the only Proctor & Gamble manufacturing plant in the world that is 100% energy self-sufficient. It’s located in Wyoming County, PA (see PA P&G Plant: 100% Energy Self-Sufficient from Marcellus Gas and P&G Plant in NEPA Adds Marcellus CNG Filling Station). The reason the P&G plant is energy self-sufficient and in fact the reason it sells energy back to the local power utility is because it drilled and operates two Marcellus Shale wells on company property. The gas from those wells feeds an electric generating plant that produces more electricity than P&G can use at the plant. It’s a very cool story. But now, here comes Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf who wants to tax the shale gas industry into oblivion. The severance tax he’s proposing would apply to the two wells on P&G’s property–even though they don’t sell the gas for a profit. So local PA Rep. Mike Carroll, a Democrat from Avoca (who supports Wolf’s tax and spend policies), is trying to carve out an exception for the two P&G shale wells because…well because P&G is in his district employing lots of Carroll’s voters and no doubt a big contributor to his campaign coffers, either directly or via the salaries P&G pays to people who work at the plant and contribute to Carroll…

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