Pa. counties seek to keep natural gas drilling impact fee

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2015 10:54 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf says he's willing to sign legislation that raises fees on telephone users to help pay for county emergency management systems.

The issue is the top priority of of the County Comissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

However, the answer Wolf gave earlier today to a question about fees from Marcellus Shale natural gas wells at the organization's spring conference in Harrisburg doesn't line up with their priorities. 

The governor wants to replace the three-year-old impact fee with a $225 million annual payment that goes to the same recipients, primarily governments where wells are hosted. 

It would no longer rise and fall with the number of wells drilled and the price of natural gas. 

However, the association's Doug Hill says the organization wants the fee to continue to float.

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