Pennsylvania House Committee Approves Weak Fracking Fee

Pennsylvania House Republicans yesterday passed a measure out of committee that would impose a local impact fee on natural gas drilling, but Democrats and environmentalists say it doesn’t go nearly far enough. “We’re calling this the Drill Baby, Drill Bill,” said state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, the committee’s ranking Democrat. Gov. Tom Corbett (R) favored the approach, which will amount to about a 1 percent fee over the 50-year life of a well, or about $160,000 for a well that produces some $16 million.

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