Tax Breaks for Petrochemical Facilities

by | Jan 14, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill that gives $670 million in tax breaks to Pennsylvania manufacturers which use dry natural gas to make petrochemicals and fertilizers. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette characterized the bill as, “aiming to lure petrochemical and fertilizer plants to Pennsylvania,” and Bloomberg called it a “fracking tax credit,” given the connection between fracked gas and petrochemical facilities — including ethane crackers, which turn a component of fracked gas into single-use plastic. Status: Signed into law July 23, 2020

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.