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Drilling industry wades into Pa. governor's race

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The largest organization representing companies involved in Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling boom is wading into gubernatorial politics and attacking proposals to raise taxes on the industry.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition issued a Thursday statement attacking "massive new tax proposals" that it said were being touted by gubernatorial candidates it didn't identify.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, widely viewed as an industry ally, has attacked a recent proposal by Democratic U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz to add a 5 percent tax to the value of gas produced from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale.

Pennsylvania doesn't currently tax gas production, but it imposes per-well fees. Many other states impose one or both. But the Marcellus Shale Coalition says the corporate tax burden is lower in other big gas states and such a tax in Pennsylvania risks hurting investment and hiring.

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