Friday, April 13, 2012

April 16 PA Environment Digest Now Available

April 16 PA Environment Digest now available.  Click Here to print this entire Digest.

Bradford County Adopts Drilling Fee, 97 Percent Of Marcellus Wells Now Covered By Fee
So far, 37 counties with a total of 4,853 natural gas wells (97.4 percent) have formally filed their intent with the Public Utility Commission to adopt a drilling impact fee under the Act 13 Marcellus Shale Law, including Bradford County which covers 1,008 Marcellus wells.
            This means 97.4 percent of the $211.1 million the Act is suppose to raise in revenue in 2012, or about $205.6 million, will be available so far.
            The counties include: Allegheny (9 wells), New- Armstrong (112 wells), Beaver (1 well), Bedford (1 well), New- Berks (0 wells), New- Blair (6 wells), New- Bradford (1,008 wells), Butler (109 wells), New- Cambria (6 wells), New- Cameron (14 wells), Carbon (0 wells), Clearfield (136 wells), Clinton (85 wells), Columbia (3 wells), Elk (58 wells), New- Erie (0 wells), New- Fayette (185 wells), Forest (6 wells), Greene (415 wells), New- Huntingdon (2 wells),  New- Indiana (43 wells), Juniata (0 wells), Lawrence (2 wells), Lycoming (473 wells), McKean (53 wells), Monroe (0 wells), Perry (0 wells), Montour (0 wells), New- Potter (76 wells), Sullivan (41 wells), Susquehanna (462 wells), Tioga- (693 wells), New- Venango (1 well), Washington (560 wells), New- Wayne (4 wells) and Westmoreland (191 wells), Wyoming (98 wells) counties.
            4,344 of the 4,982 producing Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania are in just 11 counties: Bradford-1,008, Tioga-693, Washington-560, Lycoming- 473, Susquehanna-462, Greene-415, Westmoreland-191, Fayette-185, Clearfield-136, Armstrong-112 and Butler-109.  All have adopted the fee ordinance.
            For 2012, counties have until April 16 to adopt a drilling fee ordinance.            For more information, visit the PUC's Act 13 Drilling Fee and Drilling Fee Public Documents webpages.

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