Pa. Commission Questions Fracking Permit Fee Increase

Law360, Philadelphia (November 14, 2013, 3:51 PM EST) -- Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission on Thursday asked the state’s Environmental Quality Board to further explain its reasons for increasing permitting fees for hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells from a sliding scale to flat fees.

The commission says it needs further evidence that shows how the higher fees relate to anticipated costs of running the board’s oil and gas program. The proposed regulation would replace the current sliding fee structure with a flat $5,000 fee for horizontal unconventional wells and $4,200 for vertical unconventional wells...
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