PA DEP Massive Shale Permit Fee Affects Drilling, PA Economy

In August Pennsylvania hiked its permit fee to drill a new shale well to be the most expensive of any state in the country, from $5,000 to $12,500 (see Permit Fee to Drill PA Shale Well Officially Went Up 250% on Aug 1). New analysis by the non-partisan think tank Allegheny Institute for Public Policy says the new fee is deterring new drilling and will likely be a drag on PA’s economy.

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