Adams County to Receive $86,000 from Natural Gas Impact Fees
11/19/2012
HARRISBURG – Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) announced today that Adams County will receive more than $86,000 from impact fees the state is collecting from the 58 natural gas companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which is charged with disbursing the more than $200 million it has collected in impact fees, said the disbursements reflect only a partial year’s revenue because Act 13 only took effect in mid-April. The PUC said it expects disbursements to be significantly higher in future years.

“From the beginning, I have been a proponent of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale as a means of increasing our state’s and our nation’s energy independence,” said Moul, whose key amendments to the impact fee bill provided funding to encourage the conversion of busses and fleet vehicles to natural gas. “In addition to the money that is being allocated to county conservation districts statewide, a total of $20 million will be allocated over the next three years to a natural gas energy development program. The program will provide grants to local transportation organizations for conversion of vehicles to natural gas.”

Under Act 13 of 2012, 60 percent of the revenue collected will go to counties and municipalities impacted by the drilling. The fees may be used for a variety of impacts, including the preservation and reclamation of water supplies, improvements to local roads and bridges, and construction and repair of water and sewer systems. Even though no natural gas drilling is occurring in Adams County, county conservation districts statewide are receiving a share of the impact fees.

The remaining 40 percent will be maintained by the Commonwealth for emergency response planning, necessary repairs and maintenance, and statewide environmental programs.



To learn more:
http://www.puc.pa.gov/filing_resources/issues_laws_regulations/act_13_impact_fee_.aspx

State Representative Dan Moul
91st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Donna Pinkham
dpinkham@pahousegop.com
717.260.6452
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