IOGAWV Opposed to Tiered Severance Tax – Proposal Now Dead?

The West Virginia legislature only meets for 60 calendar days each year and move quickly when the do meet. Unless the governor calls for a special session. Which has happened–to consider and pass a budget for the state. During the regular session earlier this year, newly-minted Gov. Jim Justice wanted and got a bill, Senate Bill (SB) 415 (full copy below) that tiers the severance tax on natural gas and oil. Justice would keep the existing 5% severance tax on oil and gas as the bottom tier–to be assessed if the “annualized gross value of natural gas per MCF” is $3 or lower. When the annualized value goes to $3.01, the tax goes to 5.5%. At $3.51, it goes to 6%. And so on to $9/Mcf when the tax would be 10%. It’s a crazy idea and frankly, we’re surprised a Republican governor that supports the shale industry wants it. Other o&g states are looking at lowering their severance taxes, not raising them. At any rate, the Independent Oil & Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) is strongly opposed to the plan. From what we can tell, as of a few days ago, the tiered severance tax for natural gas/oil plan has been withdrawn. Which is good news for both drillers and landowners…

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