Bee County Commissioners passed a resolution that will require Eagle Ford oil & gas operators to pay a $9,500 fee for each approved well permit. The fee will be contributed to the Bee County Road and Bridge Fund and will be used to make needed repairs in areas of high traffic. Road repairs can cost as much as $50,000 per mile.
There are 18 approved permits, from five companies, in the northern area of the county that will be affected by the new fee. $171,000 will be raised almost immediately.
This is the first required fee I’ve seen, but I know I’ve seen talk of others. Use the comments below if you know of other counties with similar permit fees. In Dewitt County, one operator is voluntarily donating $8,000 to the road fund for every well it drills.