Why Is Tom Wolf Undermining PA’s Shale Industry?

severance tax - Doug Berkley ReportsDouglas Berkley
Noise Solutions, Technical Sales & Solutions
Publisher: Tri-State Shale Traveler

Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a severance tax that threatens to undermine Pennsylvania’s main growth industry – the one that’s allowed so many to stay here and prosper.

Gov. Wolf, my family is a natural gas industry family. Both my wife and I are employed at companies directly benefitting from the rich deposit of Marcellus Shale with which Pennsylvania has been blessed. We were born and raised in this state, and instead of having to move for rewarding, family-sustaining jobs, we were able to stay in Western Pennsylvania mainly because of the shale industry moving in. That’s what it means to so many of us. Don’t ruin it, please.

Tom Wolf - fracking-drilling-rig-cabot-oil-and-gasI know I’ve found my passion, and that’s working with the shale industry. I work every day in communities that have been revived, helping companies continue to be great neighbors by controlling sound emissions. It is rewarding and exciting at the same time.

Your desire to smack the shale industry with a stifling severance tax and new regulations as outlined in Chapter 78 will hurt my family’s chance of succeeding and staying in our home state. It would be a shame if my generation of industry worker was forced to leave and take along our child and future generation to benefit other states more accepting of a well-regulated, well-run gas and oil industry.

Yes, it’s true the Marcellus Shale formation and gas isn’t going anywhere. I’ve heard that talking point from you and other tax supporters. But, the industry will leave to a large degree if you make the business climate hostile and certainly won’t grow, which means it will shrink over time.

Make no mistake about it. There are shale formations across the country and the world and many with far better infrastructure in place and governments that support industry development.

Don’t squander my family’s chances at succeeding, Gov. Wolf. Help us to stay in the area where we are from and the area we know and love.

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