The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has announced that it collected $146 million in natural gas impact fees for calendar year 2020, which will be distributed in early July. Counties and municipalities directly affected by drilling will receive $71.5 million of these funds. To find your township’s distribution, click here and choose “Reports,” then “County and Municipality Disbursement,” and then “2020” from the drop-down menu.
The total collected is down about 27 percent from last year’s $200 million. The PUC noted that the reduction was primarily due to a lower price of natural gas in 2020 than in 2019 and, in part, because of the pandemic, the fewest number of new wells drilled than in any year since the passage of Act 13. Click here for the press release.