Over $81,000 to Union, Snyder Counties

HARRISBURG – The natural gas industry is going to benefit local counties. State Representative Fred Keller (R-85, Kreamer) announced Tuesday that Union and Snyder Counties will receive more than $81,000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees.

The fees were collected during 2013. Checks will be distributed by July 1. Snyder County is expected to receive $38,016.28 from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, while Union County will receive $43,075.91.

Act 13 requires drilling companies extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale regions to pay an impact fee. The fees fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation. The revenue is collected by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

The money can be used by counties for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, storm water, and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as statewide environmental initiatives.

Keller said, “While some will no doubt bemoan that $81,000 is not enough to justify the extraction of Marcellus Shale, this amount is far more than the zero dollar mirage our counties received from the so-called impact fee imposed under the Rendell administration,” said Keller. “This more than $81,000 is a tangible investment in safer roads, cleaner water and better trained emergency responders that will directly benefit the very taxpayers who are directly responsible for the revenue that makes our local, county and state budgets possible.”

You can find more information about the initiative at www.puc.state.pa.us and follow the “Act 13″ link. (Codi Jade)

Marcellus shale drilling well Lycoming County by Mark Lawrence