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Pennsylvania Projected to Lose Millions in Impact Fee Revenue

Pennsylvania could see a significant decline in impact fee revenue from shale gas wells this year, and could receive the smallest amount since the controversial fee was enacted in 2012, according to projections by the commonwealth’s Independent Fiscal Office (IFO).

n a six-page report released Monday, the IFO said a combination of factors — low natural gas prices, fewer new wells drilled and existing wells paying lower fees — could cause impact fee revenue to decline somewhere between $14.9 million and $33.9 million. The commonwealth received $223.5 million in impact fee revenue in 2014.

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