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Corbett Favors Pollution Controls, But Not Taxes For Gas Drillers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Governor Corbett today told township officials from around the state that he will not let natural gas drillers pollute Pennsylvania water, while reaffirming his stance against a tax on the industry.

Addressing the State Association of Township Supervisors in Hershey, Governor Corbett argued that Pennsylvania is in competition for jobs with other states  in the Marcellus Shale gas formation, “We are competing for that capital and those rigs.”

Tom McCaracken, a supervisor from Franklin Township, Fayette County, which has two gas wells, said he was impressed with Corbett’s speech but would have to give more thought to the governor’s rationale for not taxing drillers.

“I really don’t think it would scare them off (laughs), but I’d never heard that view before,” McCaracken said.

Corbett said he is open to the idea of fees on gas drillers to address the impact on local communities. The governor also said he won’t let drillers poison state waters but said safeguards have to be based on “science not emotion.”

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. allin says:

    Divide and conquer is what a local impact fee is going to accomplish.
    1500 townships competing with each other for the affections of the MSC energy companies. Every fracking nickle will be litagated, Case in point the Ryerson Dam, Lake repair order being recinded by the state against Console Energy. Who’s side is Harrisburg on? It’s not the people of Pennsylvaia that’s for sure.

  2. DAN ONORATO says:

    NO! WE ALL NEED TO CHIP IN AND PAY FOR DRILLING AND MAKE THOSE GREEDY ENERGY COMPANIES PAY FOR THE DAMAGE THEY ARE DOING TO THE SQUIRRLS, OWLS, AND OTHER CUTE LITTLE CREATURES THAT INHABIT MY BACKYARD. THE ENERGY COMPANIES WILL PAY A TAX. DONATE NOW, IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY DONE SO, TO DAN ONORATO FOR GOVERNOR! NEXT WEEK WE’RE HAVING A BBQ. STUFF YOUR VOKSWAGGEN VAN WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN FIND, AND PUSH IT ON UP TO ALLEGHENY COUNTY TO HANG WITH THE BIGGEST, BEST, AND BRIGHTEST GUY IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

  3. grumpy says:

    This phony and the free ride for the gas industry in lieu of $800,000.00 in contributions to his campaign for Governor must be investigated.

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