PA DEP Chief Krancer Quits; Interim Replacement Criticized

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced Friday that Michael Krancer, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will step down on April 15 and return to practice law in Philadelphia. But the decision to replace him on an interim basis with the governor’s deputy chief of staff is being derided by Krancer’s predecessor, John Hanger.

March 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Pressing Shale Fee

Despite the promise of a veto from Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania lawmakers are pushing to get a tax or fee on Marcellus Shale development included in the state’s fiscal 2012 budget, which is due at the end of June.

June 27, 2011

Maryland Marcellus Moratorium Off the Table for Now

A debate over how to regulate the nascent Marcellus Shale industry in Maryland is progressing more subtly than similar debates in Pennsylvania or New York.

February 15, 2011

Pennsylvania Victory for Republicans: Governor and Legislature

Victory for Republican candidate Tom Corbett in the race for governor of Pennsylvania and a Republican-led legislature may be the death knell for a natural gas severance tax in the state — or not.

November 4, 2010

Pennsylvania Law to Ease Tax Burden on Farmland Energy Generation

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed into law Wednesday legislation reducing the amount of roll-back tax that owners of farmland must pay when leasing land and mineral rights for natural gas development.

November 1, 2010