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Host: Scott LaMar
Last night, Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill overhauling Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling regulations into law. The legislation, which takes effect in 60 days, places an “impact fee” on every well drilling for gas in the state’s Marcellus Shale formation, and will likely generate around $200 million this fall.
An impact fee or severance tax has been a major issue at the Capitol for more than three years. So now that it’s a done deal, and passed into law, what comes next?
This morning, we’ll answer your questions about the new fee by talking to three people involved in different aspects of drilling. Today’s guests:
-Myron Arnowitt of Clean Water Action
-Mike Knapp, of drilling consulting firm Knapp Acquisitions
-Doug Hill, the executive director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
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