PA Receives $200 Million From Gas Drilling Fees

By Adam Chick

September 13, 2012 Updated Sep 13, 2012 at 11:11 AM EDT

Bradford County, PA (WBNG Binghamton) The state of Pennsylvania has received more than $200 million since February from an impact fee on natural gas drillers.

About $8 million of that went directly to Bradford County.

Despite the influx of money, Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko is still against the fees, as he has been from the beginning.

He said the county would still be doing very well without them and he feared fees this high might drive drilling companies away.

"I was against the fees in the first place because it was wrong. I mean why in the world in a country that's broke do you have such prosperity and growth come and then the first thing you want to do is tax it? Bradford County is going to mirror what our country is demanding," said McLinko.

McLinko said the $8 million the county received will be used to wipe out any outstanding debts Bradford County might have.