HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced that his Senatorial District, consisting of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, will receive millions of dollars through the latest Act 13 Impact Fee disbursements.
Yaw’s Senate District will receive over $42 million in impact fee revenue this year, roughly 20 percent of the total $202.4 million received by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) who administers the collection and disbursement of the fee.
“For the second year in a row, counties and local governments experiencing natural gas drilling are receiving needed financial support through Act 13 dollars,” Yaw said. “The 23rd Senatorial District is again receiving a lion’s share of the total local impact fee allocations due to the amount of natural gas development. “I cannot remember a time when tens of millions of dollars was sent back to our local governments.”
23rd Senate District Fee Breakdown:
Since Union County has no drilling it does not qualify for a share of the Impact Fee revenue; however, it does qualify for $37,554.72 through the Marcellus Legacy Fund Disbursement.
In addition to the revenue disbursement above, each county, including Union, will also be eligible for funding dedicated to the statewide share. Counties and municipalities will be able to apply for grants through the environmental stewardship fund, for water and sewer projects through PennVEST and the H2O program and a variety of projects under the Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA).
The law, which amended the Oil and Gas Act, and was signed by Governor Corbett on February 14, 2012, provides for the imposition of an unconventional gas well fee on drillers operating in the state. Funds generated by the impact fee will go directly for local and state purposes. The law also contains a mechanism as to how the fees shall be distributed.
For a complete statewide county/municipal breakdown, visit the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s website.
Contact: Adam Pankake