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Commissioners act on gas well ‘impact fees’

February 29, 2012

SMETHPORT – McKean County and its municipalities soon will be reaping the benefits of “impact fees” assessed on Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas wells.
Acting Tuesday at a meeting at the courthouse in Smethport, the county Board of Commissioners agreed to advertise the ordinance that sets the fees on wells drilled in the county. The ordinance is based on state legislation finalized earlier this month.
Commissioners Joe DeMott, Al Pingie and Cliff Lane endorsed the ordinance, which is expected to be officially adopted by the county board at its meeting March 20.
“It will bring a lot of money back to the county,” DeMott said in reference to the “impact fees” on the gas wells. He said the fees would be a “real boon” to the county’s townships to help them “fix roads.”

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