Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

06/18/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/18/2024 08:45

PUC Details $179 Million Distribution of Gas Drilling Impact Fees

PUC Details $179 Million Distribution of Gas Drilling Impact Fees

Published on 6/18/2024

Filed under: Gas

Total Impact Fee Distribution Tops $2.7 Billion to Pennsylvania Communities

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today posted detailed information about this year's distribution of impact fees on natural gas producers - totaling $179,634,750 - on the PUC's Act 13 website.

County and municipal governments directly affected by drilling will receive a total of $100,302,825 for the 2023 reporting year. Additionally, $63,791,090 will be transferred to the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which provides financial support for environmental, highway, water and sewer projects, rehabilitation of greenways and other projects throughout the state. Also, $15,540,804 will be distributed to state agencies, as specified by Act 13.

With this year's distribution, the PUC has collected and distributed over $2.7 billion to Pennsylvania communities.

The PUC has forwarded the information to the Department of Treasury and expects payments to be distributed in early July.

This year's distribution is approximately $100 million less than last year, driven primarily by the average price of natural gas in 2023 ($2.74 per MMBtu) versus the average price in 2022 ($6.64 per MMBtu) which generated a lesser impact fee payment for each well in 2023 - along with the addition of only 423 new wells during 2023.

The distributions for individual municipalities are detailed on the PUC's Act 13 website.

Extensive details regarding the impact fee distribution are available online, including specifics on funds collected and distributed for each year since 2011. Visitors can search and download statistics such as distributions to individual municipalities or counties; allocation and usage of those funds, based on reports submitted by various municipalities; eligible wells per county/municipality; and payments by producers.

The PUC is responsible for implementing the collection and distribution of an unconventional gas well fee (also called an Impact Fee), established by the Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act and signed into law as Act 13 of 2012.

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