HARRISBURG – State Pat Stefano today announced that the 32nd Senatorial District will benefit from more than $1.243 million in unconventional gas well fees generated during the 2017 calendar year.
According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Fayette County will receive $1.027 million, Somerset County will receive $136,477 and the 32nd District portion of Westmoreland County will receive $79,862. For a more detailed breakdown of funding for municipalities in those counties click here:
Stefano said proceeds from the impact fees are distributed to counties and local governments, as well as state agencies, to provide infrastructure upgrades, tax reductions, emergency services, environmental initiatives, housing, delivery of social services, judicial services and more.
“Over the past seven years, my district has benefited tremendously from these impact fee distributions,” Stefano said. “This funding is very important to our municipalities and represents a significant revenue stream for them to use in providing services and programs to area residents.”
Act 13 of 2012 provides for the imposition of an unconventional gas well fee on drillers operating in the state. Funds generated by the impact fee go directly for local and state purposes. The law also contains a mechanism as to how the fees shall be distributed.
This year’s total impact fee revenue totaled over $209 million creating more natural gas specific revenue than Ohio and West Virginia combined. Over the last 7 years the program has brought in over $1.5 Billion.