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Report Shows PA Fracking Requirements Inadequate

study released Tuesday by an environmental activist group shows Pennsylvania’s bonding practices are inadequate to cover the cost and range of damage from drilling and fracking activities.

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Drill And Ditch? Report Outlines State's Shortcomings to Protect Oil, Gas Leaseholders

In the event of fracking or drilling damages, Pennsylvanians and their communities may not be adequately covered financially when -- or if --  the bill comes, a new report says.

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New State Budget Is Clear Cut On Winners and Losers

HARRISBURG - The new $27.65 billion state budget produced clear winners and losers.

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Pennsylvania Environmental Group says State Budget is a Mixed Bag

Citizen-based group PennEnvironment is applauding state lawmakers for working to restore funding to a couple of programs that had been on the chopping block in Governor Tom Corbett’s initial budget proposal. Still, the group isn’t over the moon about the recently-passed spending plan.

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Pennsylvania politics roundup: Politics as usual

The proposal by House Appropriations Chairman William Adolph, R-Delaware, is included in an amended version of the 2012-13 state budget under negotiation between Gov. Tom Corbett and Republican legislative leaders.

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Proposed tax break for Shell gas 'cracker' plant draws debate

HARRISBURG - A new proposal by Gov. Tom Corbett to give a long-term $1.7 billion state tax break for a planned Marcellus Shale gas petrochemical refinery in southwestern Pennsylvania is a late-emerging issue in the state budget debate.

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Letter: Doing the Right Thing on Impact Fee

The editorial "Legislature dropping ball on drilling fee or tax" (Dec. 18) is absolutely correct. The fact that even the gas industry has publicly supported an impact fee pushes this discussion into the realm of the absurd. The legislature is incapable of passing legislation to generate desperately needed revenue from an industry that is literally asking to be taxed. It would be laughable if the consequences weren't so serious.

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Editorial: Legislature dropping ball on impact fee or tax

The failure last week by Harrisburg lawmakers and Gov. Corbett to reach agreement on even a modest impact fee for the burgeoning natural-gas industry tapping the rich Marcellus Shale fields will have far-reaching, negative consequences for Pennsylvania.

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Severance tax could be used to fund Growing Greener program

Incredibly, Pennsylvania remains the only major drilling state in the nation that has failed to implement a severance tax on gas drilling. Due to the destructive and dangerous nature of Marcellus Shale drilling, it only makes sense to direct a portion of the funds to the state's environmental and conservation programs, like Pennsylvania's Growing Greener program.

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