Monday, August 8, 2011

DEP Seeking Drilling Fee Hike To Generate $2M For Nine New Inspectors

The state Department of Environmental Protection wants to increase drilling permit fees to generate $2 million to help fund nine new oil and natural gas inspectors positions. That is what was shared with lawmakers last week during a meeting of the Legislature's special Marcellus study group. If the state were to establish a $5,000 permit fee, then that would generate the needed $2 million in revenue, according to statements made by the DEP's general counsel.

Read more: MetroNews, August 8, 2011