Tax Marcellus Shale Gas
Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that does not levy an extraction tax on natural gas. The state is permitting a valuable natural resource to be exploited without any compensation to PA citizens. The hydraulic fracturing methods used in Marcellus Shale drilling require enormous amounts of water - which is being taken out of Pennsylvania rivers and streams - and create deadly and toxic pollution of valuable groundwater resources. This pollution destroys the well water and drinking water of many citizens who are not benefitting from gas drilling activities and it adversely affects the tourism and nature recreation industries.
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