PA PUC Releases Impact Fee Numbers: Revenue Down $36M in 2015

PA PUCYesterday the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), the agency charged with keeping tabs on impact fee revenue from shale drillers, announced that impact fee revenue (PA’s version of a severance tax) is going down by $36 million from fees levied in the previous year–to $188 million. That’s the lowest yearly impact fee revenue in the past five years–since the beginning of impact fees in PA. As an aside, we find it interesting that last year when impact revenue was the highest it’s been in five years, the PUC had to be forced to release the numbers, with Republicans leaking the numbers first to force the PUC to give it up (see PA 2014 Impact Fee Payments: List of Drillers & What They Paid). This year, when impact fee revenues are at their (current) lowest levels, the PUC is only too happy to trumpet the news. Tell us again how politics, and lib Dem appointments, don’t play a role at the PUC. Anywho, below we have the johnny-on-the-spot-let’s-get-the-news-out-quickly press release from the PUC, followed by some pretty, colored charts detailing who paid, and where the money will go, for PA’s 2015 impact fees…

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