3 PA Senate Bills Would Fundamentally Change Pipeline Economics

Senator Andy Dinniman

Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman (Democrat from Chester County, PA, near Philadelphia) is an anti-driller and anti-pipeliner. Dinniman recently introduced three bills that would, if passed, fundamentally change the economics and likelihood of whether or not pipelines are built in the Keystone State. The first bill Dinniman sponsored would create an “impact fee” on pipelines: 50% of the fee raised would go to the counties where the pipeline crosses, 40% would go to the local municipality where the pipeline is located, and 10% would go to the PA Public Utility Commission. The next bill would allow local municipalities and school districts to slap a big tax on pipelines–on top of the impact fee previously referenced. The final bill requires pipeline land agents to be registered with the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission. There are elements in each of the bills that, under other circumstances, are interesting and we might even be able to support. SOME elements–not all. But coming from Dinniman the purpose is clear–he aims to shut down natural gas pipelines in PA…

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