PA Drilling Permit Requests Way Down After Huge Fee Increase

Leftists, like Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, always have to learn lessons the hard way. In August, Wolf’s Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) finalized and put into effect a massive increase in the permit fee to drill new shale wells, going from $5,000 per well to $12,500 (see Permit Fee to Drill PA Shale Well Officially Went Up 250% on Aug 1). The fee was based on the assumption the state would continue to see 2,000 new permit applications per year. From August to November the state received (drum roll please)…202 new permit requests. A total BUST.

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