Pa. DEP Floats Plan To Increase Fracking Permit Fees

Law360, Philadelphia (April 23, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board on Tuesday recommended initial approval of new state Department of Environmental Protection regulations aimed at increasing permit fees on new wells drilled through hydraulic fracturing.

The board approved a motion recommending that the state’s Environmental Quality Board give initial approval to draft regulations that would replace the current sliding fee structure with a flat $5,000 fee for horizontal unconventional wells and $4,200 for vertical unconventional wells. The existing structure, which allows for fees as low as $900, charges for...
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