Pennsylvania collected $174 million in impact fees from unconventional natural gas producers in 2023, a decrease from previous years because of lower natural gas prices and fewer wells, according to an estimate from the state’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO). 

The IFO last week issued the 2023 Impact Fee Estimate, which relies on preliminary natural gas production data from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Natural gas output in the state was flat with 2022 production at 7.45 Tcf, according to the report. Revenue from producers, meanwhile, is estimated to have fallen by nearly $105 million from an all-time high of nearly $279 million last year.

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