Researchers Say DEP’s Faulty Data Cost the State $303 Million in Impact Fees

DEP denies missing more than 15,000 wells subject to a state impact fee, saying the researchers misinterpreted Act 13. But the peer-reviewed journal article published by McGill University, and the University of Alberta, says DEP needs to clean up its data.

Pennsylvania and its counties and municipalities may have missed out on as much as $303 million in gas well impact fees in 2012 because state regulators undercounted the number of wells covered by the law, according to an article published this month in the journal Environmental Practice.

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