HARRISBURG (AP) - Lower prices for natural gas last year will mean a 21% drop in drilling fee revenue for Pennsylvania's state programs and county and municipal governments even as production grew from exploration in the vast Marcellus Shale reservoir, according to new state estimates.

The Independent Fiscal Office has projected that impact fee collections for 2019 will be $198 million, a nearly $54 million drop from 2018, but still above 2016's low point of $173 million.

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