Thursday, June 2, 2011

Marcellus News for Pennsylvania Daily Update: June 2

Micarrelli proposes gas-drilling tax
State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-162, of Ridley Park, announced Tuesday he has plans to introduce legislation that would provide for a severance tax on Marcellus Shale gas drilling.
“I think it’s time for Pennsylvania to have a competitive Marcellus Shale tax,” Miccarelli said.
Miccarelli added that revenue generated from his proposal would be used to reduce the personal income tax for Pennsylvania residents.
IUP students to test Beaver Run Reservoir for drilling problems
Indiana University of Pennsylvania students will begin collecting samples today from the Beaver Run Reservoir to determine whether Marcellus shale deep-well drilling has affected the drinking water supply.
 Lt. Governor Cawley leads Marcellus Shale Comimission on tour to impact of natural gas drilling
Lt. Governor Jim Cawley today led the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission on a fact-finding mission to see the impact the natural gas industry is having on communities throughout Lycoming County.
"I want commission members to see for themselves how the growing natural gas industry is affecting Pennsylvania and its communities," Cawley said. "This experience will be helpful as we begin work to finalize our recommendations to the governor."
About two dozen members of the commission took part in the tour, which was arranged by the Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce.
 Cohen & Grigsby attorney selected as presenter for upcoming seminar on Marcellus shale
Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Bonita Springs, FL, is pleased to announce that attorney Clifford B. Levine will serve as an expert panelist for a seminar titled "Emerging Issues in the Law of Marcellus Shale" on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.  
  Pennsylvania's Gas Lust: Species Decline and Forest Fragmentation
Now that they’ve succeeded in drawing attention to hydraulic fracturing’s potential harmful effects on water supplies, activists would be wise to adopt a more broad-based approach in their campaign against natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. Diversification would force the industry to defend itself on multiple fronts. 

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