PA PUC Impact Fee Report: Revenue Down Again in 2016

Each June, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), the agency charged with keeping tabs on impact fee revenue from shale drillers (PA’s version of a severance tax) releases the final numbers of impact fee revenues and disbursements. Today is the appointed day for 2016 impact fees. The PUC reports impact fees on natural gas producers in 2016 totaled $173,258,900–the lowest annual revenue generated from the fee to date (since the fee began in 2011). However, 2016 was the low point for drillers drilling new wells–the bottom of the valley in the oil and gas industry. Since mid-2016 we’ve been on an upswing in drilling new wells, which will no doubt be reflected in 2017 impact fee revenues. We have the PUC press release below, and screenshots for many of the pretty color pie charts showing topline numbers. What was the #1 county receiving impact fee revenue (meaning the #1 county drilled) in 2016? Washington County. The driller paying the most in impact fees in 2016? Range Resources. The municipality receiving the most revenue from impact fees? Interestingly, that would be Cummings Township–in Lycoming County. Here’s the 411 on impact fees (i.e. taxes) raised and spent in PA for 2016…

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