The Marcellus Shale Coalition pushed hard for the local zoning restrictions contained in Pennsylvania’s soon-to-be-signed impact fee. But along with praise for the legislation, the group’s statement includes a warning: “Without question, [the new per-well fee] will further increase costs, in terms of both time and resources, at a time of historically-low natural gas prices, which will affect decisions made into the future.”
Decisions, of course, meaning where companies decide to drill for gas.
How much will the fee cost drillers? Check out our county-by-county fee breakdown to find out.
Here’s the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s full statement:
“The Marcellus Shale Coalition has steadfastly advocated for a modernized oil and natural gas regulatory framework to further protect the Commonwealth’s environment while encouraging the safe development of abundant and clean American natural gas. This legislation builds upon, and further strengthens, the collaborative efforts undertaken over the past several years, ensuring that Pennsylvania has industry-leading, world-class shale gas regulations on its books.
“The legislation, while not perfect, provides the industry greater certainty to operate across Pennsylvania and takes a balanced approach to further strengthening the Commonwealth’s forward-leaning health, environmental, and safety regulations, incorporating many of the recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission – a broad-based group of interests across industry, government, and the conservation community. Without question, it will further increase costs, in terms of both time and resources, at a time of historically-low natural gas prices, which will affect decisions made into the future.
“With resolution and greater certainty at hand, it is time to build a stronger Pennsylvania and power our region with clean, American natural gas.”