2013 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Revenue Being Distributed

June 6, 2014

The 25th Senatorial District will receive a total of $24,471,926.46 from 2013 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee revenues, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that the county and municipal impact fee amounts are now available for review on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) website. Checks are expected to be mailed by the end of June, 2014. Statewide more than $225 million in impact fees was collected for calendar year 2013, an increase in revenue of over 11% from 2012.

“These funds continue to have tremendously positive effects within our region and across the entire state,” Scarnati said. “In addition to bringing new jobs and opportunities to our area, the industry is generating revenue through this fee that our communities can use for a wide variety of projects and improvements.”

Scarnati, who was instrumental in drafting and enacting the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012) noted that this is the third round of impact revenue disbursements to local governments. To date, the impact fee has generated a total of more than $630 million in new revenue.

Impact Fee Revenues Being Distributed to Counties and Municipalities in the 25th Senatorial District Include:

• Cameron County & All Municipalities in Cameron County – $7,049,512.13
• Clearfield County & the City of DuBois, Brandy Township, Huston Township, Sandy Township and Troutville Borough – $271,578.39
• Clinton County & All Municipalities in Clinton County – $1,462,896.92
• Elk County & All Municipalities in Elk County – $1,004,303.87
• Jefferson County & All Municipalities in Jefferson County – $584,045.58
• McKean County & All Municipalities in McKean County – $1,141,665.98
• Potter County & All Municipalities in Potter County – $1,071,223.66
• Tioga County & All Municipalities in Tioga County – $11,886,699.93

According to Scarnati, in addition to imposing an annual impact fee on the industry, provisions laid forth in Act 13 have placed an increased level of transparency on natural gas drilling and are ensuring that Pennsylvania’s environment is protected.

Under the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee, the Public Utility Commission is responsible for the collection and distribution of impact fees. The revenue being distributed to municipalities and counties can be utilized to fund a number of local services, from emergency preparedness to road, bridge and infrastructure projects.

“The passage of Act 13 was a major achievement for Pennsylvania residents,” Scarnati stated. “The shale industry has brought tens of thousands of family-sustaining jobs and economic growth to Pennsylvania. At the same time, it is generating significant funding to protect our environment, promote public safety and enhance our infrastructure. I’m pleased that this impact fee money will directly benefit local residents at a time when budgets are tight and state funding is limited.”

A full listing of impact fee distributions is available on the on the Public Utility Commission’s website at www.puc.state.pa.us or by clicking here.

CONTACT: Drew Crompton dcrompton@pasen.gov  717-787-7084