The proposal largely codifies the agency’s existing procedures, which were adopted in May 2012 and revised several times since then. It addresses which wells are subject to the fee and the producers’ reporting requirements as well as how the fees are calculated, collected and distributed.
It does not address the PUC’s other role in administering the state’s revised oil and gas law, known as Act 13: evaluating local ordinances that impose conditions, requirements or limitations on oil or gas operations. That section of the law is being reviewed by the state Supreme Court after the Commonwealth Court declared the provision unconstitutional in 2012. The PUC is barred from conducting ordinance reviews in the meantime.
The rules proposal will be open for public comment for 30 days.