Last year the Marcellus gas industry profited over 3.5 billion dollars and paid little to nothing back to the state. At this time, there are no regulations in this industry. The Marcellus gas industry has slowed production levels down to drive up costs. By taxing the Marcellus gas industry, it will replenish the budget shortfalls Pennsylvania is currently facing. In addition, I plan to ensure the Marcellus gas industry is producing natural gas in a way that keeps our residents healthy and safe. By regulating fracking, we can ensure the health of the environment and Pennsylvanians is protected.