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Like Ohio, Pennsylvania embroiled in political fight over fracking taxes

Ohio’s not the only state to have a high-stakes battle over oil and gas severance taxes, with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line.

In neighboring Pennsylvania, the governor and state lawmakers are battling over creating the state’s first-ever severance tax. Drilling for natural gas – and oil, to a lesser extent – has ramped up in both Ohio and Pennsylvania in recent years.

Both states show how efforts to increase taxes on growing drilling activity in the areas have been resisted by the oil and gas industry and conservative lawmakers worried about smothering a potential energy boom in its infancy.

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