State House lawmakers have moved a bill onto the floor calling for a severance tax on natural gas drilling.
It's a big step for Democrats and moderate Republicans, who have pushed the tax for years. But there's a good chance the measure will languish without a vote for the foreseeable future.
It would create a tax on the volume of gas taken from the ground, on top of an existing fee for new wells drilled.
Its sponsor, moderate Bucks County Representative Gene DiGirolamo, estimated annual revenue between $200 million and $250 million, depending on gas prices.