PA DEP Raising Shale Well Permit Fee Later This Year

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection has put drillers (and everyone) on notice that it will bump up the fee to file for a permit to drill a Marcellus Shale well. Prior to 2013, the permit fee for a new Marcellus well was $3,200. In 2013 the DEP bumped it up by 56%, to $5,000 (see Higher Marcellus Permit Fees Coming for PA Drillers). The DEP says statutorily it must review the fee “every three years” and now is the time (past time, really). The DEP is signaling “the need for a fee increase.” How much? The DEP is being coy about what kind of a jump they plan this time…

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