Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article 2020: “Fee Hike more than doubles price for shale gas drilling permits in PA.”- DLP Fights for Gas Drilling Workers Injured on the Job

Date: September 3, 2021

    An article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that in the year 2020 gas drilling permit prices increased by 150%. The original cost was $5,000, but now this number skyrocketed to $12,500. The author’s author, Laura Legere, mentioned that this price hike was not a surprise as this price was “based on permit trends from 2014-2017.” In addition, this number was proposed to the public two years ago for commentary. Requests for drilling permits hit a severe low in the first half of 2020, but Pennsylvania saw an influx in gas drilling permit requests before the price of permits were increased. Additionally, the article says that gas drilling permits expire after one year, and the cost of these permits funds Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Regulatory Program.  At the time, Pennsylvania’s DEP  expected “to receive 2,000 shale gas well permit applications”, which the department hoped would produce $25 million in DEP funding.

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Works Cited

Legere, Laura. “Fee hike more than doubles price for shale gas drilling permits in PA.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6 August 2020, https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2020/08/06/Marcellus-shale-gas-drilling-permit-fee-increase-Pennsylvania-DEP/stories.

Tara Lynott
Intern, Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP