Corbett’s Marcellus plan would let counties impose drilling fees

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan for Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom would let counties impose a fee on drilling to help pay to regulate it and fix any environmental damage, as the Associated Press reports.

    The fee is part of a wider plan being released publicly by Corbett on Monday in Pittsburgh, and StateImpact PA’s Scott Detrow will report for us later.

     

    Corbett would allow an impact fee to be imposed in a well’s first year. It estimates it would generate $120 million in the first full year and $195 million by the sixth year.

    A portion of the money would go to the state for environmental protection and other needs and the rest would stay within the drilling communities.

    Portions of Corbett’s plan started to emerge over the weekend.

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