Area municipalities to receive Marcellus Shale impact fee
HARRISBURG –Marcellus Shale impact fee revenue that has been collected by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has been transmitted to the Pennsylvania Treasury Department for distribution and payments to local governments, according to state Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).During a press conference in Harrisburg, Senator Scarnati joined Governor Corbett and a bipartisan group of legislators to announce the release of more than $108 million dollars in Marcellus Shale impact fee revenues for 2012. The Treasury Department anticipates the distribution of these funds to counties and municipalities within the next 10 days.“The development of the Marcellus Shale industry has been a tremendous asset to Pennsylvania’s economy,” Scarnati said. “This annual fee revenue collected is being distributed to municipalities and counties to fund a number of local services, from emergency preparedness to road, bridge and infrastructure projects.”The total amount released to the PA Treasury Department today for disbursement to local governments is, $108,726,000. Counties in Scarnati's legislative district are expected to receive the following amounts: Elk County – $370,675.54; Cameron County - $97,081.68; Clearfield County – $1,076,724.19; Jefferson County – $158,860.94; McKean County – $379,501.14; Potter County – $529,536.48; Tioga County – $4,757,002.77; and Warren County - $17,651.21. According to the Act 13 section of the PUC website, the breakdown for Elk County municipalities is as follows: Benezette Twp. - $5,638.80; Fox Twp. - $116,213.12; Highland Twp. - $76,150.01; Horton Twp. - $72,398.32; Jay Twp. - $70,837.27; Johnsonburg Borough - $15,435.66; Jones Twp. - $114,449.87; Millstone Twp. - $3,868.11; Ridgway Borough - $24,749.25; Ridgway Twp. - $36,568.98; City of St. Marys - $113,348.35; Spring Creek Twp. - $9,320.70. The local government revenue being distributed is 60 percent of the Marcellus Shale impact fee total revenue, which was established as part of legislation signed by Governor Corbett on Feb. 14, 2012, as Act 13 of 2012. Act 13 was passed after months of discussion and negotiations among state government, local government, citizens, representatives of environmental groups and representatives of the industry.