From: “Marcellus Shale Coalition Press” December 19, 2013
Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruling:
“We are reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision in full to evaluate its impact on our operations across Pennsylvania. As we did prior to enactment of Act 13 and have done during this period of review by the state Supreme Court, Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry will continue to work collaboratively with the communities in which we operate to ensure shale development moves forward and we continue to realize the benefits at the local level and statewide. Although we will continue to collaborate with communities across the Commonwealth, today’s decision is a disappointment and represents a missed opportunity to establish a standard set of rules governing the responsible development and operation of shale gas wells in Pennsylvania.
“This outcome should also serve as a stark reminder to policymakers of Pennsylvania’s business climate challenges. If we are to remain competitive and our focus is truly more job creation and economic prosperity, we must commit to working together toward common sense proposals that encourage –rather than discourage – investment into the Commonwealth.”
Note: A recent survey by the Fraser Institute, an independent public policy think-tank, found that Pennsylvania’s regulatory and tax climate are a major deterrent for “attracting oil and gas investment.”