Gov. Ed Rendell

Marcellus Shale Moratorium Means Little

Whether or not to enact a severance tax on natural gas obtained from state-owned forests in Pennsylvania is a hot campaign issue between the Democratic and Republican candidates to succeed Gov. Ed Rendell, who pushed hard for a tax. The legislature would not acquiesce, so Rendell on Tuesday signed an order halting future drilling in the Marcellus Shale -- but the measure is largely symbolic. Not only does Rendell leave office in January, but there are hundreds of existing permits to drill on state land in the Marcellus Shale that won't be affected.

The formation is a vast natural gas deposit in which numerous exploration and production companies are active. The gas is located a mile or more below the ground in most of Pennsylvania and parts of New York, Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia. From January through September 2010, 1,099 wells were drilled in Pennsylvania into the Marcellus Shale, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Oil and Gas Management. Rendell originally sought a 5 percent severance tax on the value of gas at the wellhead plus 4.7 cents per thousand cubic feet, but on Oct. 11 he said he would accept a phased-in tax rising from 3 percent in year one to 5 percent in the third year. On Oct. 21, he accused House and Senate Republicans of refusing to negotiate and thus killing the proposal.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - April 2019

    April 2019

    Featuring:

    • ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment 
    • VISION PROTECTION
      Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      PPE the Automotive Industry Needs to Invest In
    • FIRE SAFETY
      Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight
    View This Issue