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PA Bill Would Permit Severance Tax Without Repealing Impact Fee

On August 25th, Rep. White (D-Allegheny, Beaver and Washington) introduced House Bill 2403 (2014) in order to repeal Section 2318 of Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Section 2318 provides that upon the imposition of a severance tax on unconventional gas wells in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Secretary of the Commonwealth shall submit for publication a notice of the imposition of the severance tax and that Chapter 23 (Unconventional Gas Well Fee) shall expire upon the publication of the notice. Repealing Section 2318 would allow a severance tax and the impact fee to co-exist.