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Pennsylvania House Close on Vote to Avoid NatGas Severance Tax

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives could soon vote on an alternative plan to fund the state budget that’s supported by Republican leadership and doesn’t include a severance tax on unconventional natural gas production or tax hikes for natural gas and electric utility customers, as the Senate-approved plan does.

September 8, 2017

Brief — PA Impact Fee

The Republican-led Pennsylvania House energy committee has voted 15-11 along party lines for an amendment to change the name of the state’s “impact fee” to “severance tax.” The committee hasn’t voted to move the amendment to the House floor. In a procedural move, the amendment would block a resolution filed by Democrats to bring a severance tax bill to the floor for a vote. It also comes after the state Senate passed a revenue package to fund the state budget that calls for establishing a severance tax on unconventional natural gas production. The impact fee was established in 2012 and is charged annually on nearly all unconventional wells in the state during their first 15 years of operation. Producers have paid more than $1.2 billion in impact fees for distribution to local communities and state agencies since it was enacted. House energy committee Chairman John Maher told local news media that changing the impact fee’s name would help to demonstrate that producers have a significant tax burden in the state.

September 8, 2017

House Calls For Smaller Budget Cuts With Passage of $37.6B Energy, Water Bill

The Republican-controlled House continued its break with President Trump on budget matters, after lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee agreed to a $37.6 billion spending bill that calls for smaller budget cuts to the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Army Corps of Engineers.

July 17, 2017

Colorado House GOP Filibusters Bill Linked to Fatal NatGas Explosion

Colorado House Republicans late Monday blocked a bill that would have required operators to provide the location of all their oil and gas subsurface systems in the state.

May 9, 2017

House Democrat Wants Answers From Zinke on Interior’s Budget

The ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources urged the committee’s chairman to have Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke testify before the panel “as soon as possible” following President Trump’s proposed $1.5 billion budget cut to DOI.

March 23, 2017

House GOP Working on ‘Larger Bill’ to Block Methane Rules

House Republicans are working on “a larger bill” to block final rules on methane emissions — and possibly others — from taking effect after one GOP lawmaker’s plan to invoke a rare parliamentary procedure to block the rules failed because too much time elapsed since their introduction.

January 10, 2017

McCarthy Expects ‘Swift Action’ on Repealing Methane Rules

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Republican lawmakers have yet to decide which regulations from the Obama administration they want to repeal first, but he disclosed that he expected “swift action” on rules governing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

January 5, 2017

Repeal of Methane Rules Near Top of House GOP’s Agenda

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Republican lawmakers have yet to decide which regulations from the Obama administration they want to repeal first, but he disclosed that he expected “swift action” on rules governing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

January 5, 2017

Trump to Nominate Rep. McMorris Rodgers to Lead Interior

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), a five-term Republican and the highest-ranking woman in the GOP leadership, as secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), according to reports.

December 9, 2016

Senators Blame House Leadership For Killing Omnibus Energy Bill

Two of the top proponents of an omnibus energy bill in the Senate took aim at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) Wednesday after his office reportedly declared that lawmakers had run out of time to reach a compromise on outstanding issues in the legislation.

December 8, 2016