Impact Fee Generates More Than $209 Million in 2017, Keller Says
HARRISBURG – Communities across the Commonwealth – including Snyder and Union counties – will benefit from more than $209 million in impact fees collected from the natural gas industry last year, said Rep. Fred Keller (Snyder/Union).

“Contrary to the claims of Gov. Tom Wolf and others, Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is more than paying its share to the Commonwealth,” Keller said. “In fact, impact fee collections are up $36 million, or about 21 percent, over the prior year. This is good news for our energy industry and taxpayers.

“It’s also interesting to note the fees collected here in 2017 exceed the drilling tax revenues collected by the states of West Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas and Colorado combined, despite these four states, together producing more natural gas than Pennsylvania,” he added.

Under Act 13 of 2012, a portion of impact fees collected is committed to the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which provides financial support for environmental, highway, water and sewer projects, rehabilitation of greenways and other projects throughout the state. Snyder County will receive $36,040.87, and Union County will receive $40,580.26.

Impact fees have also been invested in county conservations districts, the statewide Growing Greener program, water and sewer infrastructure projects, and more.

Over the past seven years, the Public Utility Commission has collected and distributed more than $1.4 billion in impact fees to communities across Pennsylvania.

Representative Fred Keller
85th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Patricia Hippler
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