Keller Confirms More Than $81,000 En Route to Union and Snyder Counties from Marcellus Shale Impact Fees
HARRISBURG – Rep. Fred Keller (R-85th District) today announced that Union and Snyder counties will receive more than $81,000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees collected during calendar year 2013. Checks will be distributed by July 1.

Under Act 13 of 2012, impact fees are imposed on drilling companies that are extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale regions. The fees fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation. The revenue is collected by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), which released the state, county and municipal totals last week.

The PUC announced that Snyder County will receive $38,016.28 from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, while Union County will receive $43,075.91. The fund derives its revenue from the 40 percent portion of collected impact fees that goes back to the state. The money distributed by the fund can be used by counties for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, storm water, and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as statewide environmental initiatives.

“While some will no doubt bemoan that $81,000 is not enough to justify the extraction of Marcellus Shale, this amount is far more than the zero dollar mirage our counties received from the so-called impact fee imposed under the Rendell administration,” said Keller. “This more than $81,000 is a tangible investment in safer roads, cleaner water and better trained emergency responders that will directly benefit the very taxpayers who are directly responsible for the revenue that makes our local, county and state budgets possible.”

The PUC collected impact fees totaling more than $225 million in 2013, bringing the three-year total since Act 13’s passage to nearly $630 million. For more information, visit the PUC website, and follow the “Act 13 (Impact Fee)” link. 
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Representative Fred Keller
85th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Ty McCauslin

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