Pittsburgh, Pa. – On the heels of last week’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) that a historic influx of revenue is flowing to counties and municipalities across the Commonwealth thanks to a new impact fee paid by natural gas producers, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and its member companies are continuing a series of meetings and forums across the state highlighting projects supported by this new funding stream.
Signed into law on February 14, 2012, Pennsylvania’s Act 13 established a dedicated influx of revenue for local governments in all 67 counties across the Commonwealth. Throughout 2013, the MSC is bringing together officials from many of those governments with its member companies and other stakeholders to highlight the projects made possible by the more than $400 million in impact fee revenue and continue an ongoing dialogue on responsible shale gas development in the region. Recently, the MSC participated in forums in Indiana County in western Pennsylvania and Wyoming County in northeastern Pennsylvania as part of this effort.
- “Shale Impact Fee Nets $400M in 2 Years”: The latest data on Marcellus Shale impact fee collections are in, and the program mandated by Act 13 has brought in $400 million so far in the past two years. Gov. Tom Corbett’s office announced Thursday that he expected $198 million or so for 2012 natural-gas impact fees. The state had previously collected $204 million. (Pittsburgh Business Times, 4/5/13)
- “Pennsylvania Sees $400M in Marcellus Shale Impact Fees”: Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett has reported that the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee for natural gas drilling, part of Act 13 signed into law in February 2012, has brought in more than $400 million. … Nearly $198 million is expected to go to the state from this round. That’s in addition to the $204 million brought in during the first round of collections. (Lehigh Valley Business, 4/5/13)
- “Corbett: Impact Fee Proceeds Reach $400M”: Gov. Tom Corbett announced Thursday that the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee has brought in more than $400 million dollars in its first two years. … Corbett said nearly $198 million is expected to come into the state from the 2012 collections. The first round of collections, from 2011, brought in $204 million. (WHTM-TV, 4/4/13)
- “More Exciting News for the Commonwealth”: Natural gas drilling has earned Pennsylvania more than $400 million over the last two years, Gov. Tom Corbett announced Thursday morning. … “This is more exciting news for the Commonwealth, with literally every Pennsylvanian benefiting from responsible Marcellus development, even as commodity prices remain at historic lows,” said Kathryn Klaber, CEO of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. (Washington Examiner, 4/5/13)
Indiana County Commissioners organized a Natural Gas Task Force in 2011 to prepare for the development of the Marcellus Shale. The Commissioners worked closely with a wide variety of stakeholders and the Office of Planning & Development to better understand community impacts and infrastructure needs, positioning the county to invest wisely, educate residents, and identify community needs. The MSC met recently with the Task Force to discuss its $900,000 in impact fee revenue that will flow to the County and its municipalities. Among the projects supported by the new funds are emergency management agency programs, enhanced delivery of social services, stormwater management programs, and upgrades to county-owned parks and trails.
A key member of the Task Force, longtime President of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce Dana Henry, helped organize the business community years ago to meet the needs of the energy companies moving into the county. At the recent Task Force meeting, the MSC recognized Mr. Henry’s efforts, presenting him with a plaque acknowledging his contribution to the economic climate for area businesses and residents.
Pictured left to right: Byron G. Stauffer, Jr., Indiana County Office of Planning & Development;
Joy Ruff, AICP, Marcellus Shale Coalition; Dana Henry; Rod Ruddock, Indiana County Commissioner;
Craig Neal, MSC Executive Board member company CONSOL Energy
The MSC and Executive Board member company Chesapeake Energy also participated in a similar forum with the Wyoming County Housing & Redevelopment Authority regarding the agency’s plans to utilize impact fee dollars to rehabilitate low-income housing in the county. Future impact fee forums are planned in Lycoming, Lackawanna, and Montgomery counties, with activities continuing throughout the year to underscore and explore this historic influx of revenue into every square inch of the Commonwealth