Counties Vote to Impose Gas Well Fee

When Act 13, the Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act, was signed into law on February 14th, it gave counties with such wells the option of imposing an impact fee.  The counties, thirty-seven in all, had sixty days or until April 16th to adopt the fee. As that deadline passed all had chosen to opt in, as have fourteen counties who as of yet don’t have any of these wells within their borders. While the basics of Act 13 were outlined in a previous Policy Brief (Volume 12, Number 11), now that the counties have opted to enact the fee, we can take a more in-depth look at how much fee revenue will be collected in this first year and how it will be distributed among the various recipients.


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