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Natural Gas Processors Find Tax Loophole

Any New Plant Taxed Just 5 Percent of Its Value

February 23, 2014

MOUNDSVILLE — Williams Energy, Blue Racer Midstream and MarkWest Energy spent nearly $900 million in Marshall County during the last tax year on their natural gas processing plants, but those same......

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RHytonen

Feb-25-14 3:31 PM

These things should not be anywhere within 20 miles of a populated area.

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idliketoknow

Feb-24-14 11:53 PM

wonderwhy, in your sarcastic babbling, you accidentally got it right! My god you're a jacka**. The best Marcellus and Utica fields aren't even in WV you moron.

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dyingov

Feb-24-14 10:34 PM

Coal-fired power plants and coal-mines (especially 50 years ago) were normally located in the same general area. LOL

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wonderwhy

Feb-24-14 10:20 PM

Lawmakers are acting like DINO's. Wonderwhy?

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TrollSlayer

Feb-24-14 10:19 PM

wonderloon, look at the headline again. PROCESSORS. Yes, the gas is here, but the PROCESSING facilities, along with the associated business they generate, can be elsewhere. You see, they invented this thing called a pipeline... Derrrrr....

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wonderwhy

Feb-24-14 10:14 PM

idliketoknow

Feb-24-14 1:40 PM Agree | Disagree

Yes, lets take away the only incentive these companies had to come here in the first place. It's worked sooooo well in the past....

Yes, because they can go anywhere and find Marcellus Shale and Utica anywhere they want. They are just drilling here for our generous incentives. Thanks so much.....long day. Needed the LOL!

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idliketoknow

Feb-24-14 1:40 PM

Yes, lets take away the only incentive these companies had to come here in the first place. It's worked sooooo well in the past....

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dyingov

Feb-24-14 5:54 AM

Dino, Do the politicians pay income tax on the money they receive for the campaign?

BTW, I have one learning Chinese and one learning Spanish, covering all bases.

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SMART1

Feb-24-14 4:50 AM

Great example of why you need to NOT VOTE for these same Democrats! Tomblin & Kessler both tooted their horns about how great WV finances were going, up til recently! Now we see trying to get a cracker plant, they sponsor bad legislation! Still no cracker, everybody blaming gas producers for finding the Democrat loophole for not paying fair taxes.. Let me tell you a solution.. Don't send the same bunch of Democrats back to Charleston the next election..Northern panhandle say NO! or we'll get more of the same!

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mkhunt

Feb-24-14 12:41 AM

Were you reassessed for this year and find you are asked to pay higher taxes? stop buying Chinese products and start making phone calls, send emails and letters and for heavens sake stop helping companies which are non-union, un-American and destructive...big boomers like Williams have records of bad, bad stuff. look them up and see the 60ft crater in Kentucky where there used to be 3 homes...do not let another disaster happen. safety is not too expensive when human lives are being destroyed.

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uglyassmf

Feb-24-14 12:18 AM

where ever you go and what ever you do in this country, and no matter how much change, make resolutions, try to be a better person some things just never change. The same old crap by the same old thugs whom by the way are worse than any union. talk about paying dues ( taxes ) and not getting in return for it. these politicians on both sides of the isle are living fat off of our tax dollars while many hard working people struggle to make ends meet and just keep a vehicle on the road, feed their family every day. the real union thugs are the state representative, congress and senate.

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DinoCrocetti

Feb-23-14 11:19 PM

If the Federal Government can round up the Japanese in WW II and put them in "camps" and tell the difference between them and other ASIANS, they can find the pipeliners in WV. LOL Oh and by the way DYINGOV,some of my ancestors learned Spanish real quick when they came after "my people".

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dyingov

Feb-23-14 8:21 PM

"Jock tax!" Not hard to figure out when the Steelers are playing the Raiders, just look at the ESPN site! LOL

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swingdog

Feb-23-14 7:42 PM

"How did Alaska do it with oil?" WV

Alaska had an outstanding governor at the time, Jay Hammond (Rep.). Jay was a force to be reckoned with. He immediately saw the potential and value of the N. Slope oil and worked closely with both parties along with experts in taxes to set up the Permanent Dividend Fund and to funnel oil tax revenues into education and infrastructure.

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DinoCrocetti

Feb-23-14 6:37 PM

Athletes and entertainers pas taxes in virtually every city they perform in. Not sure about the "little people" who work with them. I see no difference except for the "zeros" at the end of checks. Just saying.

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dyingov

Feb-23-14 6:21 PM

As for the income tax. If the federal total income and the state totals are the same tracking by the state is difficult.

If the company payroll comes from Houston, Texas and you "claim" residency in Dallas, Texas very hard for WV tax department to prove any different!

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Feb-23-14 6:19 PM

Another outstand job done by the best politicians money can buy!!!!!

By now our streets should be paved in GOLD!!!

Instead they are paved in MUD!!!!

SOMEONE SHOULD HANG!!!!!!

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dyingov

Feb-23-14 6:16 PM

The legislature body knows what they are doing when they pass bills. Kessler even sponsored the bill he questions! At the end of a 60 day session only about 150-200 (thank Goodness) bills are passed in WV. 50-60% are just continuing resolution types of legislation.

If you would like to know the connection between Kessler and the gas industry it takes some effort to search the campaign records (by design). He received about $15,000 from the gas industry for the 2012 election cycle. His total was about $90,000.

The real problem is he is selling those that he represents down the highway!

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LizardKing

Feb-23-14 5:32 PM

There's an old saying: Keep on doin' what you're doin'; keep on gettin' what you're gettin."

The residents of this godforsaken state are so apathetic and unconcerned that it is no wonder WV has been systematically plundered, first by Big Timber, then by Big Coal and now by Big Gas. Do any of you really think change is possible within the present system? Of course not, and as far as any meaningful recovery from the present situation goes, it is far too late. You have two options: leave or ignore the situation, and no amount of comments to this miserable excuse for a newspaper is going to make one iota of difference.

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walksabout

Feb-23-14 4:25 PM

the state should manage all gas related funds and pay the gassers what is fair in the end. balance around minimum wage, and property depreciation. The gassers should pay all property taxes for non leaser residents.

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walksabout

Feb-23-14 4:22 PM

Destroying our home area for their riches hoopie, the people getting rich from the mess disagree with you. why ?

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walksabout

Feb-23-14 4:16 PM

WV elected folks don't talk to one another ? Who dun it don't play here.a 2011 bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature .allowing these companies to pay far less property taxes than they otherwise would. Under the bill-overall tax burden to only 5 percent .a 95 percent tax break .approved by the West Virginia State Tax Department, Bill - later signed by Gov.allows developers to pay only 5 percent property tax .I cannot take away the tax credits that they got. Jeff Kessler said.-Kessler,himself a sponsor of the bill. We didn't realize this was happening-I've got some ideas up my sleeve.just wanted to let the legislators(bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature) know what is happening.

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abbylou

Feb-23-14 2:20 PM

Perhaps Chris & Company can find 8500 more property owners in the county to reassess and make up for this revenue shortfall caused by Jeff and the band of downstate merry men who keep giving away the store to out of state interests.

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WVEXPAT

Feb-23-14 2:17 PM

"What else is new? Dodging taxes is what business and industry do best!"

So the govt makes a rule, a company follows that rule and is ridiculed. I'm guessing Cal is a govt worker. Or just one of those liberals who hates anything capitalistic.

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DinoCrocetti

Feb-23-14 1:49 PM

Why does this surprise anyone? Remember when the VIDEO LOTTERY BILL was passed and suddenly MINI CASINOS popped up all over our neighborhoods? Politicians acted alarmed. What did the public think was going to happen when the political people got into bed with the same people who had the "illegal" gray machine business?

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