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Ford City
 Office
312 Ford St.
Ford City, PA 16226-1212
Tel: 724-763-3222
FAX: 724-763-9788
Staff: Abigail Major (Chief of Staff), Amajor@pahousegop.com
Marissa DeLorenzo, Mdelorenzo@pahousegop.com

Hours: Mon- Wed and Fri 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Thurs. 12 pm - 7 pm.

Sarver Office
612 South Pike Road #106
Sarver, PA 16055
Phone: (724) 295-2200
Fax: (724) 295-2322  

Staff: Zachary Reigh, Zreigh@pahousegop.com
Marcia Fox Mfox@pahousegop.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.    

Capitol Office
216 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202060
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2060
Tel: 717-783-5327
Fax: 717-260-6511
Staff: Erica Godsey, egodsey@pahousegop.com 
 
Email:  
The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Pyle Says House GOP Package Would Make Pennsylvania the National Leader in Natural Gas Production
3/31/2009
Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana) today announced his support for a package of legislation recently unveiled that would expand natural gas drilling on 390,000 acres of state forest land during the next three years. The proposal would provide an additional $260 million per year for state and local governments and conservation districts while creating the environment for more than 7,000 new private-sector jobs in Pennsylvania’s emerging Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry.
 
“Job creation is paramount to many of my colleagues in the House and to me,” Pyle said. “This proposal would pave the way for putting Pennsylvanians back to work by providing family sustaining incomes for thousands of citizens.”
 
The proposal, which is a culmination of work by the House Republican Energy Task Force, would create approximately 108,000 private-sector jobs over the next 10 years. This is a stark contrast to the potential effects of a new tax proposed by the governor in February, which experts predict could cost Pennsylvania approximately 53,000 jobs during the next five years.
 
Rep. Dave Reed’s (R-Indiana) bill (House Bill 1050) would lease 130,000 acres of state forest land to natural gas drilling companies in the upcoming year. Another 130,000 acres would be made available in each of the following two years for a total of 390,000 acres during the next three years.
 
The legislation would establish a minimum bid payment of $2,000 per acre. With 130,000 acres available each year, more than $260 million in revenue could be realized. That money would be split among the state, municipal governments and conservation districts.
 
Of the total amount, 80 percent, or $208 million would go toward filling the Commonwealth’s projected $2.3 billion budget deficit. Local governments that host existing natural gas, oil or coal shallow well drilling sites would share 12.5 percent, or $32.5 million of the money. Local governments that host new Marcellus Shale drilling operations would share 2.5 percent, or $6.5 million. Conservation districts across the state would share the remaining 5 percent, or $13 million, to pay for programs that protect the environment.
 
Pyle noted that the local government share of the money is important because natural gas drilling operations often have a significant impact on local budgets. The local funding share of the revenue would be split evenly between the host county and the host municipality much like block grants for their discretionary use.
 
In February, Gov. Ed Rendell proposed adding a new severance tax on natural gas and oil royalties in Pennsylvania enjoyed by fortunate homeowners. The governor’s proposed tax would make it less attractive for natural gas drilling companies to expand their operations in the Commonwealth, leading to fewer job opportunities for Pennsylvania workers and a reduction in economic growth. In addition, the newly proposed tax would mark the first time in Pennsylvania’s history that such royalties would be taxed.
“We have an industry that is ripe for growth and job creation,” Pyle said. “What the governor proposed would do the opposite and force these companies out of Pennsylvania and into neighboring states that also have the Marcellus Shale formation.”
 
The governor’s severance tax proposal, which he made in an effort to fill the $2.3 billion state budget deficit, would provide only $107 million compared with the $208 million under the Energy Task Force’s proposal.  In addition, the governor’s severance tax proposal includes no money for local governments or conservation districts.
 
“My district is in the heart of Pennsylvania’s gas fields and is the epicenter of the Marcellus Shale. This legislation would be an economic boost to the residents and communities throughout Armstrong and Indiana counties, and would greatly benefit every county that overlies the Marcellus Shale and the Commonwealth as a whole,” Pyle said. “The eventual goal of realizing these tremendous gas royalties will simultaneously catalyze significant job and economic growth. I believe this legislation is the framework for the future of how to effectively manage one of our great natural treasures. I encourage my colleagues in the House and Senate to embrace this legislation for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians.”
 
Rep. Jeff Pyle
60th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(800) 287-0614
Contact: Tim Eller
House Republican Public Relations
teller@pahousegop.com
(717) 260-6242
Member site: 
JeffPyle.net
Caucus site: PAHouseGOP.com