The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports on an effort in Harrisburg to impose a new fee for the "consumptive use" of water. It would impact industries like gas drillers and bottled water companies.
Pennsylvania is estimated to have more than 86,000 miles of streams, 4,000 lakes and 80 trillion gallons of groundwater.
Right now the state doesn’t receive any compensation when water is removed or degraded.
The bi-partisan proposal, Senate Resolution 39, was put forward in March. It would allocate money to study the issue and estimate the structure of revenue-generating fees.