Gas Industry Should Pay Fair Share to Preserve Conservation, Recreation Investments

DCNR Newsletter

A proposed severance tax on the natural gas industry could help to continue Pennsylvania’s investments in important conservation and recreation projects well into the future, DCNR Secretary John Quigley said recently while addressing citizens and local officials committed to protecting the state’s natural resources.

“Since 2003, DCNR provided nearly 2,700 grants to protected nearly 74,000 acres of open space, helped communities establish and improve community parks, as well as recreational and natural areas that serve as places for our citizens to relieve stress and get fit. These areas are also assets that increase adjacent property values and attract visitors,” Quigley said. “With the sources of these grant funds now dwindling, a severance tax on natural gas production will help us continue to support communities doing this important work.”

Quigley noted the natural gas industry is up and running strong in Pennsylvania and has many of the world’s largest energy companies backing it.

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