Toepel Supports Bill to Let Counties Impose Fees on Gas Wells
2/8/2012
HARRISBURG – As the only major gas-producing state that does not tax the taking of natural gas from its soil, Rep. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery) voted in favor of legislation that would move Pennsylvania closer to imposing a fee on the drilling in its vast Marcellus Shale reserves, as House Bill 1950 passed through the General Assembly this week.

"This legislation is a practical solution to help uphold local jobs, fund infrastructure repairs and environmental cleanups, and give county governments the power to impose the fees on their local wells,” said Toepel.

House Bill 1950 would allow counties to implement drilling fees which have the potential to generate $180 million from the industry in the first year, while expanding regulations for the industry.

The final draft of this legislation has been endorsed by several state environmental and leadership organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Renew Growing Green Coalition, Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Commissioners.

“Today, Pennsylvania made an important and historic investment in our environment, communities and our citizens,” said Robert B. Maiden, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts. “The action taken by the General Assembly today to pass the local impact fee should be applauded by citizens and communities around the state. PACD appreciates the commitment of the Legislature to ensure that Pennsylvania’s environment and communities are protected and safeguarded for generations to come.”

Because Pennsylvania is also coping with trailing budget estimates by $497.2 million, or 3.5 percent, this fiscal year, money generated from these fees will serve numerous worthwhile purposes.

Prior to passing through the House 101-90 Wednesday, the state Senate voted 31-19 in favor of the bill on Tuesday. The legislation now heads to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk to be signed into law.

For more information on this bill, visit Toepel’s website at RepToepel.com.

State Representative Marcy Toepel
147th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Lauren Whetzel
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
717.260.6451
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