Pennsylvania should tax drillers to reduce fracking dangers

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Thank you for publishing Dan Simpson’s July 30 column “Fracking Compromises Our Future” concerning fracking relative to campaign funding, environmental concerns and lax oversight by politicians.

Gov. Tom Corbett opposes levying an extraction tax and many Harrisburg lawmakers cited a 2009 study done at Penn State University that was financed in part by the shale coalition and which found the tax would hinder drillers’ interests and that they would shun Pennsylvania if taxes were imposed. Also mentioned were statistics that Mr. Corbett received over $1 million in campaign contributions from the industry, plus there was additional industry funding to leading senators.

Taxing the profiteers would establish a fund to more closely monitor the safety and well-being of our children, our environment, our health and our land. This November, voters will be able to voice their opinion about this issue.

Betty Goodwin


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