Watching Government: Marcellus shale's sweet spot

Although the shale gas formation stretches across several states, the new Marcellus Shale Coalition president and executive director thinks Pennsylvania is its "sweet spot.""New York's regulatory regime has made it less desirable to invest there. Our members still spend time in Albany, but Pennsylvania has been more hospitable," Kathryn Z. Klaber said during a visit to Washington.The group's 37 producers and 40 associate members operate 96% of the Keystone State's rigs. Accomplishments include growing relationships with the state's Department of Environmental Protection and workshops on obtaining permits, Klaber said.Pennsylvania's not having a severance tax also has h...

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