PA May Levy New Tax on Marcellus Shale

On Friday, October 7, 2011 0 comments

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has issued a proposal that, if passed, would allow counties in the Keystone State to impose fees on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling.

County commissions in Pennsylvania are split on whether to support the Republican governor's proposal.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper does not think this would be a good idea for West Virginia.

"It's just a new tax," Carper said. "And I don't support new taxes."

Instead, Carper wants state lawmakers to distribute severance tax funds that already are in place directly to cities and counties with roads that are damaged by industry trucks.

"The counties and municipalities that have their roads damaged by these large trucks should get that money without having to fight for it," he said.

Money from the oil and gas severance tax also should be set aside and distributed to counties that have had their waterways damaged, Carper said.

Kanawha County already receives severance tax funds collected by the state, he said.

The county received $390,307 in fiscal year 2010-2011, said David Fontalbert, chief fiscal officer.

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