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Gas drilling's toll on roads



Doesn't sound from this account that the increased gas severance tax is getting the job done on repairs to roads damaged by drilling equipment. It is currently producing a relative pittance given what is being extracted.

Revenue was projected at about $62 million during the first full year of the tax, but it has come in at about half that because of a significant drop in the price of natural gas.

“Nobody anticipated the kind of damage we’re seeing,” said department spokesman Randy Ort. “We don’t want to be negative because this is a huge boon to the state of Arkansas, but I don’t think anybody foresaw the amount of damage it was creating.”

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