PA Impact Fee/Tax Hauls in $210M in 2017 – Third Highest Ever

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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. Yesterday was the appointed day for 2017. The PUC reports impact fees on natural gas producers in 2017 totaled $209,557,300–the third highest yearly amount of revenue generated since the fee/tax was implemented in 2011. That follows the lowest annual revenue generated from the fee to date last year, for 2016 (see PA PUC Impact Fee Report: Revenue Down Again in 2016). 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 is reflected in 2017 impact fee revenues. Below we include the PUC press release, 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 2017? Once again it was Washington County. The driller paying the most in impact fees in 2017? Range Resources. The municipality receiving the most revenue from impact fees (meaning the most drilled municipality)? Center Township, in Greene County. Here’s the 411 on impact fees (i.e. taxes) raised and spent in PA for 2017…

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