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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Corbett Pulls Plan To Impose Royalty Fees On Natural Gas Production From Campaign Website

Debate's on whether 'fees' on Marcellus Shale gas drilling would break Tom Corbett's no-tax pledge

DONALD GILLILAND, The Patriot-News

Tom Corbett — who famously signed a no-tax pledge early in his campaign for governor — recently launched radio and television ads touting his opposition to a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas.

But until Thursday, Corbett’s campaign website included language about his plans to “implement royalty fees on natural gas production.” That passage was removed from his energy policy summary following questions from The Patriot-News.

A spokesman for Corbett, the Republican nominee, said the summary wasn’t wrong; it was just “more accurate” without the bit about implementing fees.

Corbett’s no-tax posture on Marcellus makes certain Republican leaders and industry executives grin.

Corbett may be against a tax, they say, but if he becomes governor and confronts a $5 billion budget deficit next year, he will most likely be OK with a “fee” on that gas.

In the Corbett campaign, terminology can be significant. More...

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

A severance tax is a tax imposed on the drillers/producers of natural gas. Royalties are what is paid to the owners of the mineral rights by the drillers/producers. A royalty fee would be a tax on the money the landowner/mineral rights owner receives from the driller/producer. Big difference is whose pocket it comes out of, Pennsylvania citizens or giant corporate drilling conglomerates. The choice is yours at election time. So do you want a governor that represents the people of Pennsylvania or the corporations that send those big fat campaign checks. This Republican will be voting for Onorato in this election.

Anonymous said...

Well stated 7:59 . . . I, too, will be voting for Onorato in this election.

Anonymous said...

Onorato also has my vote due to Corbett's stance on the drillers.

Oz said...

8:59:00 PM
I third that and I am a registered republican. This guy will be losing quit a few votes in November because of this!!!

Anonymous said...

Smoke and mirrors.

Anonymous said...

Remember - you will be promised "anything" and "everything" during a campaign. It's what comes after the election that you all will be belly aching about next.