Thursday, September 15, 2011

Marcellus Legislative Study Committee Approving Amendments, Drilling Permit Fee Increase

Lawmakers serving on a special joint committee to review regulations on Marcellus drilling activities have approved a significant increase in the state's drilling permit fee. Meeting this week as part of monthly legislative interim meetings, the committee adopted several amendments...including changing the state's horizontal drilling permit fee to be $10,000 for each well. The fee would be $5,000 for each additional well drilled at the site. The fee change is part of a legislative regulatory reform bill that is being developed by the special committee. The co-chair of the committee, Delegate Tim Manchin, said he expects the committee to complete its work in October, and have a final proposed bill ready by early November.

Click to read articles:

W.Va. Marcellus committee clears permit fee hurdle
Charleston Daily Mail, Sept. 14, 2011

Marcellus Bill May Ready for Special Session in November
The State Journal, Sept. 14, 2011

$10,000 Drilling Fees Sought
Industry opposes increase from $650 per Marcellus well

The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, Sept. 15, 2011