More than $5.4 million in Marcellus Shale impact fee revenue will be distributed to counties and municipalities in the 32nd Senatorial District, according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32).
“Despite rhetoric that the Marcellus Shale industry does not pay its fair share in Pennsylvania, this money coming back to our communities is a significant amount of revenue that is going back to the communities that are most affected by the development of the natural gas in our region,” Senator Pat Stefano remarked on the news of the revenue.
Stefano concluded, “This revenue is in addition to the corporate and sales taxes the natural gas industry pays in Pennsylvania and in addition to the income taxes that the more than 240,000 employees supported by this industry pay to the state’s general fund.”
Counties and municipalities in the 32nd District will receive the following distribution:
- Fayette County and all municipalities — $3,456,601.59
- Somerset County and its municipalities — $314,454.60
- Westmoreland County and its municipalities in the 32nd District — $1,656,319.49
A breakdown of county and municipal payments is attached to this release.
Under the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation, Act 13 of 2012, the Public Utility Commission collects and distribution of impact fees.. More information regarding the Act 13 revenue collections can be found on the new PUC interactive website.
Background on Act 13 Revenue Distribution
The impact fee legislation requires that approximately $25.5 million of the annual revenue go to state agencies to offset the statewide impact of drilling. These agencies include the State Conservation Commission, County Conservation Districts, PA Fish & Boat Commission, PA Emergency Management Agency, Office of State Fire Commissioners, PA Department of Transportation, Natural Gas Energy Development, Housing Affordability & Rehab Enforcement Fund, PUC and DEP.
The residual revenue will be distributed with 60 percent of the remaining funds being sent to counties and municipalities where drilling takes place. Counties and municipalities may utilize the funds in several ways, including for roadways, public safety, environmental programs, agriculture preservation and career and technical job training.
The remaining 40 percent is placed into the Marcellus Legacy Fund which serves as funding for statewide initiatives with local impacts. The Marcellus Legacy Fund includes the Commonwealth Financing Authority, Environmental Stewardship Fund, Highway Bridge Improvement Fund, PENNVEST and H2O Program and the Department of Community & Economic Development.
|BELLE VERNON BOROUGH||$4,949.74|
|FAYETTE CITY BOROUGH||$3,103.96|
|HENRY CLAY TOWNSHIP||$25,759.36|
|LOWER TYRONE TOWNSHIP||$30,260.48|
|NORTH UNION TOWNSHIP||$116,646.81|
|POINT MARION BOROUGH||$6,213.36|
|SEVEN SPRINGS BOROUGH||$1,620.08|
|SOUTH CONNELLSVILLE BOROUGH||$10,643.84|
|SOUTH UNION TOWNSHIP||$56,489.74|
|UPPER TYRONE TOWNSHIP||$11,257.40|
|CENTRAL CITY BOROUGH||$351.63|
|ELK LICK TOWNSHIP||$2,421.38|
|INDIAN LAKE BOROUGH||$804.19|
|LOWER TURKEYFOOT TOWNSHIP||$902.34|
|NEW BALTIMORE BOROUGH||$50.47|
|NEW CENTERVILLE BOROUGH||$110.64|
|SEVEN SPRINGS BOROUGH||$100.83|
|UPPER TURKEYFOOT TOWNSHIP||$1,795.39|
|East Huntingdon TOWNSHIP||$22,216.69|
|MOUNT PLEASANT BOROUGH||$4,219.08|
|NORTH BELLE VERNON BOROUGH||$4,075.00|
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