#28 Apr 4, 2013
More and more money being made in Pennsylvania while NYS stagnates.
HARRISBURG, PA.— An impact fee from drilling for natural gas in Pennsylvania generated $198 million in 2012, about the same it raised the prior year.
The figures released Thursday were announced a few days after the annual deadline for companies to pay the fee to the state.
The fee raised $204 million in its first year, and officials say the lower amount last year is largely attributable to falling natural gas prices.
The $198 million is an estimate, as producers can challenge their payment amounts.
Nobody in NYS has signed any gas leases lately have they...... Sure, they made six figures five or six years ago, that's the point isn't it?
Let's allow NYS to make more money again.
You'r arguing my point for me.
#29 Apr 4, 2013
The academic article “Corbett Shale Policy Fails to Adequately Address Needs of Citizens, Communities, and Environment”(2011) published in States News Service addresses the concerns of Pennsylvania politicians on the shortcomings of Governor Corbett’s impact fee plan. The article contains the responses of several politicians and there concerns of the lack of funding for road repairs and environmental protection. The article states that the “the governor’s impact fee proposal would send “75% of fee revenue to local municipalities where drilling occurs. It is expected to generate $120 million in the first year. If so, Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation would get $21 million; DEP $3.15million; and counties $32.4 million.”
Several politicians are concerned that the impact fee will not provide enough money to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and argue that drillers should be responsible for maintaining roads.
Loss of Forests
Most of the wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale are located in very rural areas. This means that in addition to constructing the well pads, access roads and pipelines must also be built, and acres of forests will need to be cleared to do so.
Each well pad is 3 to 5 acres, and it is predicted that over 60,000 wells will be drilled within the next twenty years in Pennsylvania. This means that 38,000 to 90,000 acres of forests will be cleared for well sites and another 60,000 to 150,000 acres could be cleared to construct pipelines.
If these large amounts of forest are lost, it will create drastic changes in wildlife habitat. Animals that live in clearings and along forest edges will thrive while the populations of animals that rely on forest habitat will decline. The large loss of forest will also leave the area more susceptible to invasive species such as multiflora rose. Since these invasive species have no natural predators, they will thrive and quickly kill native species.
#30 Apr 4, 2013
Those leases came in time to save some..... of the large land owners from loosing out on their land from over Taxing and with nothing in return and to keep them in place from selling that land to a " get out quick" cost to high paying investors from NYC, and for them to set back and wait for the OK from como to say .Drill Baby Drill.
#31 Apr 4, 2013
Did you forget about heavy rain fall and run off. land slides and the filling of sink holes.
#32 Apr 4, 2013
This was in reply to the end of MO statement from Hallstead.
#33 Apr 4, 2013
We all have to remember that there is a lot of open land to have a pad for drilling, that's the purpose for horizontal drilling.
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