Natural gas companies are expected to be on the hook for millions of dollars in unpaid state “impact fees” after a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Pennsylvania utility regulators are generating invoices for some 17 shale gas producers that had challenged fees on some of their wells amid a legal dispute with the state. The dispute centered on what counts as a “stripper well,” or a well that is nearing the end of its life. Such wells are exempt from annual impact fees. Drillers had argued for a more expansive definition of the term, meaning more wells would be exempt from the fees, but the Supreme Court disagreed.
Source: Local News