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How counties would benefit from proposed natural gas impact fee

Written by Scott Detrow, StateImpact Pennsylvania Reporter | Oct 12, 2011 7:13 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The average county where natural gas drilling is underway would pocket $682,000, if Governor Corbett’s proposed impact fee went into effect right now. Corbett’s plan would place an initial $40,000 fee on every producing gas well, and divide the revenue between counties, municipalities and a handful of state government agencies. StateImpact's analysis shows 26 counties would receive money from Corbett’s plan. fter revenue is distributed up, the average county would have a bit less than $700,000 to use for local projects -- such as road repairs or other infrastructure needs. Washington County has the most wells in Pennsylvania and would take in nearly $11 million dollars. But, the county itself would keep just $2.9 million, after distribution. Clinton County has 19 active wells. It would recieve about $200,000, under Corbett’s plan. A map breaking down how much money each county would earn from Corbett’s plan is posted at the StateImpact website.

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