Marcellus Shale gas needs to be taxed

Facts:

— Pennsylvania has a structural deficit.

— Our deficit has increased a billion dollars since the last fiscal year.

— The pension crisis remains.

Marcellus Shale gas facts:

— Pa. ranks second in production of Marcellus Shale gas.

— New York State has a rich Marcellus Shale formation and because of environmental concerns production is prohibited.

— Pa. is the only state that does not tax Marcellus Shale gas.

Question:

— Why isn’t our state taxing Marcellus Shale gas?

I would like to hear our legislators respond.

Peter J. Gardella Jr.

Altoona

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