PA Rep. Garth Everett Explains Severance Tax Comments to MDN

PA Rep. Garth Everett

Earlier this week MDN ran a story (and our response) highlighting what appears to be a change in position by Pennsylvania Rep. Garth Everett, Republican from Muncy (Lycoming County), PA, on the issue of a severance tax (see Et tu Brute? PA Rep. Garth Everett Falls for Severance Tax Trap). Everett had spoken to the local Williamsport Sun-Gazette and the resulting article quoted Everett as saying he, “feels the time has come for the gas industry to pay a tax on production costs.” The article also said that he is, “fine with a [severance tax] measure that doesn’t transfer the tax to landowners.” Which led us to chide Everett–someone we’ve long admired. Folks around Lycoming County, where Marcellus drilling is big business, read the Sun-Gazette article and the MDN response and began calling Everett to ask him about his sudden change. Everett contacted MDN, requesting a call to clarify what he did–and did not–say to the Sun-Gazette. MDN is happy to report that we now have the full story, and feel much better, about Everett’s position on the severance tax. Here’s a summary of our conversation with Rep. Garth Everett…

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