Pa. Appeals Court Limits Reach Of Gas Law's Well Fee

Law360, Philadelphia (March 29, 2017, 5:04 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision on Wednesday finding that wells that fall below a natural gas production threshold for one month out of the year can skirt paying annual impact fees assessed under state law to compensate local governments for drilling-related activities.

The dispute centered around how to interpret statutory language that exempts so-called stripper wells, defined under the pertinent law as unconventional wells incapable of producing more than 90,000 cubic feet of gas per day “during any calendar month,” from paying impact...
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