PUC Introduces Interactive Website for Impact Fee Information
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has introduced an interactive website that allows users to better examine information on the collection and distribution of the state’s unconventional gas well (Act 13) impact fee.
Users can go directly to the website from the Act 13 page on the PUC’s website (www.puc.pa.gov). The website includes graphical data analysis including the top paying producers, well count breakdowns, and top collecting counties and local governments.
The impact fee producer payments for 2012 were due to the PUC on April 1, 2013. Additional information on the amount of money expected for 2012, as well as the amount of money collected to date, can be found on the website. Payments for some wells are still being challenged by some producers. As per the law, disputed wells are not reflected in the current data available. Any additional payments will be reflected as they are received before calculations are made to disburse the funds.
Users also can search statistics such as money paid by producers or money dispersed to state, county, or local government.
PUC impact fee distributions to county and municipal governments are due by July 1, 2013. County and municipal government information on how the 2011 impact fee monies were spent are due to the PUC by April 15, 2013.
On Feb. 14, 2012, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Act 13 of 2012, the Unconventional Gas Well Impact Fee Act, which amended Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. The PUC is responsible for implementing the provisions contained in Chapters 23 and 33 of the Act. Chapter 23 provides for the imposition, collection, and distribution of an unconventional gas well fee (also called a drilling impact fee). Chapter 33 governs local ordinances that impose conditions, requirements or limitations on oil or gas operations. The PUC has created a page on its website for Act 13 information.