Viewpoint: Natural gas industry paying its fair share

January 9, 2019 | by Kathryn Klaber

Late in December 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania made its decision about how to apply the state's tax on natural gas wells to low-producing wells. The outcome impacts about 18 local companies and an estimated 483 wells, of which more than 300 are in southwestern Pennsylvania. As a result, about an additional $6 million will be collected by state and local governments from natural gas companies doing business here.

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Kathryn Klaber

About Kathryn Klaber

Ms. Klaber most recently served as the Marcellus Shale Coalition's CEO, where she worked on behalf of the organization's 300 member companies with elected leaders, regulators and the civic community to advance responsible shale development, and the enhancement of the region's economy and environment. Under her leadership, the MSC grew from a brand new entity aiming to help secure its members' license to operate, to the leading industry group across Appalachia which is now producing 18% of the nation's natural gas.

Prior to joining the MSC, Ms. Klaber served as Executive Vice President for Competitiveness at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League – roles that focused on sustainable prosperity for Pennsylvania. During the first decade of her career, Ms. Klaber worked for the international environmental, health and safety consulting firm Environmental Resources Management, first at the company's headquarters in Philadelphia, then in her native Pittsburgh.

A lifelong Pennsylvanian, she earned her undergraduate degree in environmental science from Bucknell University and her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, where she received the Enterprise Award for Entrepreneurship.