Opposition to fossil fuel drilling/fracking, construction of pipelines, midstream infrastructure and export facilities continue to grow. The industry, predictably, responds with the usual bag of tricks by throwing lots of lobbying and campaign contributions to legislators and candidates.
In Pennsylvania along, according to MarcellusMoney.org:
Since 2007, the natural gas industry has spent $41 million lobbying Pennsylvania officials.
Since 2007, it has also contributed $8 million to Pennsylvania candidates and PACs.
Half that $8 million total has been donated by industry employees, while industry PACs contributed the remaining half.
Over $6.2 million of the total $8 million has been donated to candidates, while Party PACs received $1.4 million ($1.2 million to Republican Party PACs, $166,850 to Democratic Party PACs).
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is the top recipient of natural gas industry contributions. He has received $2,084,241 from the industry since 2007 – $1.55 million from industry employees and $526,652 from industry PACs. Governor-elect Tom Wolf received $53,500.
Top recipients #2-6 together received $1.3 million in contributions from 2007 – present.
The top 5 industry donors together gave $2 million since 2007. Drilling CEO Terrence Pegula, who also owns the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, is the top contributor with $667,000.