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Pennsylvania PUC’s gas drilling impact fee distribution rises in 2021

June 17 (Reuters) – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) said on Friday that 2021’s impact fees on natural gas producers were about $100 million higher than in 2020, due to higher gas prices and the addition of new wells. The average price of natural gas was $3.84 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) compared …

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Nat Gas Fees Generate $234M as GOP Targets Dems Over Energy Policy

Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas development generated $234 million in 2021, marking the second-largest amount ever returned to communities across the commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) said Friday. The natural gas impact fee has generated $2.2 billion in the last decade. Most of the money goes to county and local governments, however some state …

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Don’t overlook the critical role natural gas played for Pa. during pandemic | Letter

As Pennsylvania continues its post-pandemic recovery, the critical role of the natural gas industry should not be overlooked. Prior to the pandemic, the industry was helping to revitalize the Commonwealth. In 2019 alone, natural gas was responsible for more than $78 billion in economic activity – and the benefits haven’t been just for those directly …

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State trade groups among coalition calling on Biden to increase production of natural gas and oil

A coalition of more than 80 trade groups across various industries — including the American Petroleum Institute (API) and several Pennsylvania-based organizations — is calling on the Biden administration to act on policies that increase domestic production of natural gas and oil. One of those policies, they said, should be to implement a new five-year …

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Mike Butler: Pittsburgh International Airport model for how to ease emissions

If anyone wonders what the airport of the future might look like, the Pittsburgh International Airport is a great example. For that, we must applaud the imaginative Allegheny County Airport Authority. It is taking two related paths to showcase how Pennsylvania’s second-largest airport can protect the environment while also raising funds to operate it. This …

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WISSMAN: Here’s Why Pennsylvania Needs More Natural Gas, Pipeline Infrastructure

As Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, and most recent action to cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, continues to impact already volatile energy markets, the European Union (EU) is looking to the U.S., the world’s largest producer of natural gas, for help. In an effort to diminish Europe’s reliance on Russian natural gas, …

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We’ve got the gas

As the fallout from Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine continues to unfold, the critical role the natural gas industry plays in our country’s energy security cannot be emphasized enough. As the ongoing conflict has shown, we are living in an increasingly interconnected world. Just look at rising gasoline and energy prices and the impact they …

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Russia’s aggression is proving American needs to be energy independent | PennLive letters

The recent conflict in Ukraine has demonstrated how critical domestic energy production is to our country’s energy independence — and to national and global security as well.   But we can’t help ourselves or our allies if we can’t get the fuel to market.   It’s true that in recent years Pennsylvania has surpassed several states to …

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The less Americans depend on foreign energy sources, the better | PennLive letters

Natural gas is a win for the economy and vital to our country’s national security. For Pennsylvania, this industry has been a game changer – breathing new life into stagnating communities and spurring hundreds of thousands of jobs.   In fact, according to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, in 2019, the natural gas industry was …

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Greater US Energy Production Is Needed to Reduce Reliance on Authoritarian Regimes

The global reliance on authoritarian regimes for oil and natural gas threatens security. U.S. energy production could help supplant oil and gas from these nations and also be a net positive for the environment given its lower emissions profile.   With oil and natural gas revenues comprising up to 40% of Russia’s federal budget, it …

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