Corbett’s Cookie Cutter Madness

HB1950 is a weak cookie cutter mandate that will force local municipalities to allow “oil and gas operations” in ALL zoning districts. Fees collected with this unusual sliding-scale per-well fee will be far below the average lifetime per-well tax paid in other natural gas states.

Call your PA legislators today, and tell them they need to vote this bill down! Find their phone numbers visit: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

The proposed Marcellus Impact Fee legislation, SB1100/HB1950 calls for an unusual, sliding-scale per-well fee, which would rise and fall with the price of natural gas over time.  The fees collected will be far below “the average lifetime per-well tax paid in other natural gas states, including $993,700 in West Virginia, $878,500 in Texas and $555,700 in Arkansas, according to the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, a liberal think tank.”   [SOURCE: Marc Levy, Associated Press]

Worse, it would force local Municipalities to allow “oil and gas operations” in ALL zoning districts; “operations” are broadly defined including pipelines, seismic testing, etc.; open pits must be allowed in all zoning districts, including residential – as long as 300’ away. Compressor stations and processing facilities must be permitted by right in agricultural and industrial districts, and as conditional uses in all other zoning districts (with ill-defined standards).

THIS IS A ONE SIZE FITS ALL COOKIE CUTTER MANDATE, and it only benefits the gas industry.

Please call your PA legislators and tell them they need to vote this bill down.

Find their phone numbers visit: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/

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