CBF Statement on Proposed Natural Gas Severance Tax

(HARRISBURG, PA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell issued this statement today following Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal for a natural gas severance tax to be used exclusively for education:

"While acknowledging the need for additional funds for Pennsylvania schools, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) strongly urges that at least a portion of any new revenues from an approved severance tax be used to support the staff and resources at the state Department of Environmental Protection, particularly in the water programs, to help restore Pennsylvania's 19,000 miles of impaired streams through conservation programs like Growing Greener. A recent CBF analysis determined that fully restoring Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay watershed rivers and streams would result in more than $6 billion in economic benefits to the Commonwealth.

"CBF also strongly suggests that the current Act 13 impact fees distributed to counties continue to be available and directed to address local water quality issues, such as improved management of polluted runoff."

Support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

Donate Today

Save the Bay

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay.

Save the Bay
x
This website uses cookies to tailor and enhance your online experience. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more information, including details on how to disable cookies, please visit our Privacy Policy. Agree