Some Counties May go without a Shale Fee

Some Counties May go without a Shale Fee

Allegheny County Council has the Marcellus Shale Fee legislation on the agenda for its meeting this week. It was passed out of Council’s Committee on Economic Development and Housing and now goes back before the entire Council.

The County Commissioners’ Association of PA has been tracking the activity on the shale fee permitted under Act 13 and their survey shows that 21 of the state’s 67 counties enacted a shale fee as of March 30th. About a dozen others, including Allegheny County, have the fee on their agenda for this week. Only one county, York, is identified by the Association as "not planning to enact the fee", but there are twenty others that have not passed the fee as of March 30th and have no specific course of action identified in the survey as to having the fee on an upcoming agenda.

As of this writing the counties in southwestern PA surrounding Allegheny-Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland-have all passed an ordinance authorizing a shale fee.