The Pennsylvania State Legislature promised to pass a severance tax on deep natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale by October 1. Now we must make sure that a promise made is a promise kept.
The drilling companies are spending enormous amounts of money to stop the severance tax. They have hired lobbyists of every stripe - including former Governor Tom Ridge - and are working hard to keep the voice of the people from being heard.
The drillers will make enormous profits from the natural gas they take from our land - it's only fair that they pay a reasonable tax that will go to protect our environment and local communities that "host" the drilling, fund our natural resource agencies, and help balance our budget.
Join PennFuture on the Keep the Promise Tour to send the message that Pennsylvanians demand that the drillers pay their fair share. The Tour is traveling throughout the state, holding town hall meetings with legislators and other elected and appointed officials, representatives of land trust organizations and conservancies, anglers and hunters, and ordinary citizens who care about Pennsylvania's environment and economy, all to make sure our elected officials Keep the Promise.
8-10 a.m. at Georgetown Centre 526 East Bruceton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236