Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Delco legislators disappointed over lack of movement with Marcellus Shale issue

Delco legislators said Wednesday they were disappointed that there was no movement toward including an impact fee or severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling in the state budget.

"You can sum up why we didn't get anywhere with a tax or fee in two words: Tom Corbett," said state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166, of Haverford.

Corbett said Tuesday he would veto any gas tax or fee that made it to his desk this week. When Corbett ran for office, he signed a pledge that he would not raise taxes. In addition, the Republican governor said he wants to wait until his executive Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission submits its final report, which is due by July 22.

Mike Stoll, a spokesman for House Appropriations Committee Majority Chairman Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, said his boss was supportive of an impact fee. "But over the past couple of days, Gov. Corbett has said that he'll veto anything that comes in before the (Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission) issues its report so it seems unlikely any legislation is going to move before that because it won't have the chance to be considered," he said.

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What do you think about this issue? Is Gov. Corbett to blame here?

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