Why Can’t We be Friends: Can Coal & NatGas Get Along in WV?

Can’t we all just get along? That was the message from Corky DeMarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, in responding to a call from Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray that West Virginia should trim the coal severance tax from 5% to 2%, and raise the natural gas severance tax from 5% to whatever in order to give coal a break in the Mountain State. Murray went after natural gas in a speech last week at the West Virginia Coal Mining Symposium in Charleston, WV. It appears Murray’s philosophy is “every man for himself” when it comes to government taxation. He’s wrong. Here’s why…

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