Toepel, Vereb, Harper Announce More Than $3.3 Million in Impact Fee Funding for Southeast Pennsylvania
6/21/2013

HARRISBURG – Montgomery County state Reps. Marcy Toepel (R-Red Hill), Mike Vereb (R-Collegeville) and Kate Harper (R-Blue Bell) today announced Pennsylvania’s five southeastern counties will receive more than $3.3 million in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale by July 1.

“Marcellus Shale drilling offers benefits to the entire Commonwealth and not only to those areas where drilling is actively taking place,” said Toepel. “These impact fees will help Montgomery County, as well as other surrounding counties make improvements to areas including their roads and bridges and water and sewer systems.”

“While Montgomery County and other counties like us across the state are not situated in the heart of the Marcellus Shale drilling region, we are reaping the benefits of natural gas drilling,” said Vereb. “With state, county and municipal budgets strapped for cash, this funding will help make necessary improvements to help keep our infrastructure and environment safe.”

“These funds represent an invaluable investment in our Commonwealth’s future,” Harper said. “As a long-time advocate for our environment, I am pleased to see this growing industry not only bringing jobs to areas of the state that need them the most, but also generating much-needed funding for conservation efforts across the Commonwealth.”

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

  • Bucks: $524,925.23
  • Chester: $421,961.49
  • Delaware: $468,518.21
  • Montgomery: $673,442.49
  • Philadelphia: $1,286,635.15

Under the law, impact fees are imposed on the extraction of natural gas and fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas 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 used for 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 to the Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the development, delivery and sustainment of training and grant programs for first responders.

Counties may spend the money as they choose as long as they comply with the description above. For more information regarding Act 13 of 2012 and its impact fees, visit the Pennsylvania Utility Commission website at www.puc.state.pa.us and follow the “Act 13 (Impact Fee)” link.

Representative Marcy Toepel
147th  District
Representative Mike Vereb
150th  District
Representative Kate Harper
61st  District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Lauren Whetzel
717.260.6451
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
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