Gas drilling may be issue in Pa. governor's race

Sunday, November 17, 2013

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic challengers have significantly different views on how to regulate and tax the state's booming gas drilling industry, and they're trying to make it an issue with voters.

The Republican incumbent says current regulations protect the environment and that the state impact fee - the equivalent of a roughly two percent tax on sales - is enough. The half-dozen or so Democrats who are challenging him generally support tougher environmental regulations and a new four or five percent tax on production, similar to what many other energy-producing states impose.

Mercyhurst College pollster Joseph Morris says many voters are very uncertain about the environmental impacts of drilling, which takes place outside of major population centers.

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