Chamber of Commerce officials from Washington and Harrisburg plan to spend millions of dollars on a new campaign to keep the costs associated with drilling for and piping natural gas steady.
The chamber officials will lobby officials in Pennsylvania and other states not to increase energy firms’ costs by enacting costly new taxes or environmental regulations.
The announcement of the campaign comes days after the Institute for 21st Century Energy began its campaign “Shale Works for US.” Nationally, the Shale Works for US campaign will build a network of communities, businesses and policymakers throughout the states and at the federal level to support the economic, job creation and energy security benefits generated by shale energy. The campaign will include extensive grassroots recruitment, advertising, and educational outreach to businesses and community groups.
In an Institute press release, Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry said Pennsylvanians all across the state are benefiting from shale energy development.
“New tax revenues are allowing the state and localities to invest in critical needs like education and public safety in addition to helping make America more energy secure. Jobs are being created and manufacturing is returning to Pennsylvania, especially to many areas hit hardest by the sluggish economy. It is critical that the business community and local leaders throughout the state support future development of shale resources to keep this positive momentum,” Barr said.