Pennsylvania’s Gas Drilling Impact Fee Distribution Rises by $100 Million

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), which has been collecting fees from gas wells and distributing them to local governments, said it has collected and distributed over $2.2 billion to Pennsylvania communities.


The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) said on June 17 that 2021’s impact fees on natural gas producers were about $100 million higher than in 2020, due to higher gas prices and the addition of new wells.

The average price of natural gas was $3.84 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) compared with 2020’s $2.08 per MMBtu, the PUC said in a press release, with 518 new wells added during 2021.

County and municipal governments directly affected by drilling will receive a total of about $123.2 million for the 2021 reporting year, per the PUC, out of the year’s total of about $234.4 million.

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