State House leaves Marcellus Shale tax proposal up in the air

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 22, 2017 4:45 AM

FILE PHOTO:  In this April 23, 2010 file photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

(Harrisburg) -- Legislation in the state House to impose a long-sought tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production in Pennsylvania is up in the air until next month.

The Republican-controlled House adjourned until December 4th, after spending parts of Monday and Tuesday debating proposed amendments by Republicans who oppose a tax in the nation's No. 2 gas state.

Dozens of proposed amendments are still lined up, and House Republican leadership opposes the bill.

Supporters of a tax include most Democrats and Republicans from southeastern Pennsylvania, but some say industry-friendly amendments to the bill may change their minds.

The Republican-penned proposal raises less money than the 6.5 percent tax proposed by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.

The bill's volume tax rises with the price of natural gas and would raise about $100 million in a full year, using 2016 production and current prices.

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