Impact

Democrat to Introduce Bill That Would Change Pennsylvania Stripper Well Definition

A democratic lawmaker in Pennsylvania is drafting legislation that would change state law to more clearly define what constitutes a stripper well, following a ruling last month from the Commonwealth Court that some fear could result in a decline of impact fee revenues.

April 21, 2017

Pennsylvania PUC Wants Stripper Well Language Changed After Court Ruling

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has sided with state regulators, expressing concern about the Commonwealth Court’s decision last month to reverse a Public Utility Commission (PUC) order that would have required an independent oil and natural gas producer to pay nearly $500,000 in impact fee revenue, interest and penalties.

April 18, 2017

PA Auditor General Says Impact Fee Law Must Change to Improve Oversight, Spending

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale warned Tuesday that something must be done to change the “vague” spending guidelines, poor reporting requirements and lack of state oversight in the law that established an impact fee collected from shale drillers.

December 6, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Act 13 Revenue Directed to Public Safety, Infrastructure

Most of the impact fee revenue from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas law, Act 13, is being disbursed to a handful of counties and municipalities, with the former spending most on public safety and the latter focusing on public infrastructure, according to a report commissioned by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

November 29, 2016

Commission Finds NatGas Industry Water Withdrawals Have No Quality Impact on Susquehanna River

In a 72-page report released on Monday, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission concluded that the billions of gallons of water withdrawn by the oil and natural gas industry in Northeast Pennsylvania have had no significant impacts on the quality of the basin’s water resources.

April 20, 2016

EPA Secretary Jewell’s ‘Course Corrections’ Could Impact Energy Development

The United States needs “a major course correction” in its approach to conservation, according to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who on Tuesday outlined a long-term overview and plans for the rest of the year which include reviews of previous land use decisions.

April 20, 2016

Commission Finds NatGas Industry Water Withdrawals Have No Quality Impact on Susquehanna River

In a 72-page report released on Monday, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission concluded that the billions of gallons of water withdrawn by the oil and natural gas industry in Northeast Pennsylvania have had no significant impacts on the quality of the basin’s water resources.

April 20, 2016

EPA Secretary Jewell’s ‘Course Corrections’ Could Impact Energy Development

The United States needs “a major course correction” in its approach to conservation, according to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who on Tuesday outlined a long-term overview and plans for the rest of the year which include reviews of previous land use decisions.

April 20, 2016

Oil, Gas Has $31.7B Economic Impact in Colorado, University Report Says

During 2014, the oil and natural gas industry in Colorado accounted for $31.7 billion in overall economic impact, including 102,700 jobs worth $7.6 billion in compensation, according to a University of Colorado (UC) study released Tuesday.

December 30, 2015

Pennsylvania Auditor General to Investigate Marcellus Impact Fee Spending

The Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General plans to launch an investigation into how Marcellus Shale impact fee distributions are being spent and reported by the counties and municipalities across the state that receive them.

December 28, 2015