Natural gas impact fees are benefitting our communities

| 25 Jun 2015 | 03:38

As part of a continuing investment in communities across the state, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced more than $220 million generated by Act 13 impact fees in 2014.

The impact fee on the Marcellus Shale industry was created with the signing of Act 13 in 2012. This is the fourth year funding has been allocated. Since 2012, the fee has generated approximately $850 million for communities across the Commonwealth.

The funding is used to repair and maintain roadways and infrastructure, ensure availability of affordable housing and protect drinking water supplies.

In addition, counties without drilling receive funding through the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund. This funding may be used for planning and development or rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, natural areas, community conservation and beautification projects, community and heritage parks, and water resources management.

Monroe County will receive $160,234.30, and Pike County will receive $54,250.24.

PA State Rep. Rosemary Brown