York County Republican House Delegation Announces More Than $1.3 Million in Impact Fee Funding for Southcentral Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – The York County Republican House delegation today announced Pennsylvania’s five southcentral counties will receive more than $1.3 million in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Members of the delegation include Reps. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Ron Miller (R-Jacobus), Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg), House Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover).

“While our region is not in the heart of the Marcellus Shale formation, we benefit from the Act 13 fees and our state’s abundance of clean domestic energy,” Saylor said.  “The natural gas industry has produced more than $400 million for local governments statewide over a two-year period, in addition to significant job growth that has helped reduce Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate to its lowest level in four years.”

The following five counties in southcentral Pennsylvania were allotted funding through the Marcellus Legacy Fund:

  • Adams -, $84,940.46
  • Cumberland - $199,209.89
  • Dauphin - $225,240.35
  • Lancaster - $438,455.68
  • York - $365,749.59

Under Act 13, impact fees are imposed on the extraction of natural gas and fluctuate depending on price and the rate of inflation. Fees are collected from the drilling companies with 60 percent passed onto counties and local municipalities affected by drilling.

The remaining 40 percent goes into the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund, which is administered by the state to be distributed to conservation districts; the Department of Environmental Protection for administration of the act and enforcement of clean air and water statutes; the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for emergency response planning, training and coordination related to natural gas production from unconventional wells; and he Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the development, delivery and sustainment of training and grant programs for first responders.

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Utility Commission website at www.puc.state.pa.us and follow the “Act 13 (Impact Fee)” link.

York County House Repubilcan Delegation
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Scott Little
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