PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Today, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced $173 million in county and municipality impact fee disbursements for 2016, bringing the total generated from Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax to $1.2 billion in revenues since 2011. Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement on the latest impact fee distributions:
“Pennsylvania’s unique tax on natural gas – called the impact fee – continues to be a policy solution that’s working as designed, directly benefitting communities in all 67 counties throughout the Commonwealth. Since 2011, Pennsylvania’s impact fee – which currently equates to a 9.16% effective natural gas tax – has generated more than $1.2 billion in revenue supporting community programs, local infrastructure projects, as well as statewide environmental and conservation initiatives.
“This unique natural gas impact tax empowers county and municipal leaders by keeping revenues local for community projects.
“We understand the budget challenges that Pennsylvania faces, but proposals to enact even higher energy taxes – along with even more costly and unnecessary regulations – hurt the Commonwealth’s competitiveness and our state’s ability to attract job-creating investment.”
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