Public hearing to SB 275 (Energy Choice Legislation)


Senate Local Government Committee AND

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 10 a.m.

Senate Chamber (and Virtual Participation)

Public hearing to SB 275 (Energy Choice Legislation)

10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Senator Dush, Majority Chair, Local Government
Senator Yaw, Majority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy
Senator Kearney, Minority Chair, Local Government
Senator Comitta, Minority Chair, Environmental Resources & Energy

10:05 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Joseph H. Gerdes, III, Director of Government Relations – Testimony
Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors

Ronald J. Grutza, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs – Testimony
Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs

Amy Sturges, Director of Governmental Affairs – Testimony
Pennsylvania Municipal League

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Robert M. Routh, Esq., Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel – Testimony
Clean Air Council

11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Terrance J. Fitzpatrick, President & CEO – Testimony
Energy Association of Pennsylvania

Jamie White, President – Testimony
Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Michael Butler, Executive Director  – Testimony
Consumer Energy Alliance

Jeff Nobers, Executive Director – Testimony
Builders Guild of Western PA and Pittsburgh Works Together

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Adjournment

Additional Testimonies:

AARP Pennsylvania – Testimony

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and Greater Pittsburgh – Testimony

Keith Holmes, President, Gas Works Employees Union Local 686 – Testimony

Laborers’ District Council – Testimony

Manufacturer and Business Association – Testimony

PA Builders Association – Testimony

PA Chamber of Commerce – Testimony

PA Farm Bureau – Testimony

PA Municipal Electric Association – Testimony

PA Propane Association – Testimony

PENNFUTURE – Testimony

Pennsylvania Petroleum Association – Testimony

Sierra Club – Testimony

Senate Committees to Hear Testimony on Historic Act 13 Investments

Millions Provided to PA Counties, Municipalities Since 2012

HARRISBURG – Highlighting one of the most significant pieces of state legislation ever passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, two Senate committees will hear testimonials Tuesday from counties, townships, conservation districts and economic development organizations throughout the state who are currently benefiting from the natural gas drilling impact fee, according to Senators Gene Yaw (R-23) and Scott Hutchinson (R-21).

Yaw, who chairs the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Hutchinson, who chairs the Senate Local Committee, will combine their resources and listen to testimony from the people directly benefiting from the opportunities created through the Act 13 ‘Impact Fee’ law.

The joint hearing, set for Tuesday, March 3rd in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building, will begin at 8:30AM.

Signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett in 2012, Act 13 provided for the imposition of an unconventional gas well fee with funds distributed directly to local, county and state governments. In addition, Act 13 updated the environmental safeguards on natural gas extraction in the Oil and Gas Act for the first time since 1984.

Since 2012, natural gas companies operating in Pennsylvania will have paid over $630 million in impact fees to the Pennsylvania Utility Commission.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) emphasized the extensive work that went into establishing the impact fee.

“The passage of the Marcellus Shale impact fee in 2012 was a major achievement for Pennsylvania residents,” Scarnati stated. “This important legislation was the culmination of three years of work by the Legislature in crafting a comprehensive Marcellus Shale legislative package. I look forward to listening to Tuesday’s testimony, and hearing how Act 13 is generating significant funding to protect our environment, promote public safety and enhance our infrastructure. ”

“In my Senate district alone, the Impact Fee has generated over $120 million since 2013,” Yaw said. “No other law in history has returned so much to rural Pennsylvania. This hearing will provide an opportunity to listen and learn more about what other statewide local and county governments are doing to leverage their impact fee funding.”

“The advantage of the Impact Fee is that the funds are driven directly back to affected communities instead of becoming mired in the Harrisburg bureaucracy like so many other taxes,” said Senator Hutchinson. “I have seen its benefits on municipalities throughout my senate district, providing an important source of revenue to local governments that improves services for their residents.”

“The impact fee ensures communities, such as the ones I represent, are adequately compensated for the local impact of natural gas drilling,” said Senator Camera Bartolotta, Vice-Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. “The countless local officials I’ve spoken with have told me about the enormously positive impact the fee has had on our communities, and I look forward to hearing the perspective of others outside my district at the hearing tomorrow.”

The joint committee hearing will be broadcast LIVE on




Adam Pankake, Executive Director
Environmental Resources & Energy Committee
(717) 787-3280

Justin Leventry, Executive Director
Local Government Committee
(717) 787-9684

Benefits of the Impact Fee

Joint Public Hearing

Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee


Senate Local Government Committee

March 3rd, 2015

8:30 AM

North Office Building, Hearing Room 1


8:30 AM
Opening Comments

8:35 AM
County Governments

Tioga County Board of Commissioners
Erick Coolidge, Vice-Chairman

Susquehanna County Board of Commissioners
Alan M. Hall, Chairman

Greene County Board of Commissioners
Chuck Morris, Chairman

Lancaster County Board of Commissioners
Dennis Stuckey, Chairman

Lycoming County Planning and Community Development
Kurt Hausammann, Jr., AICP, Director | Attachment 1 | Attachment 2

9:35 AM
Township Supervisors

Butler County Association of Twp. Officials
Charles Stowe, President – Attachment

Lycoming County Association of Twp. Officials
Howard W. Fry III, President

Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors
Elam Herr, Assistant Executive Director

10:15 AM
Economic Development

Progress Authority
Anthony J. Ventello, Executive Director

Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation
Jason W. Rigone, Executive Director

10:40 AM
Conservation Districts

Beaver County Conservation District
Jim Shaner, Executive Director

State Conservation Commission
Karl Brown, Executive Secretary

11:00 AM

Written Testimony: