HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced that communities in the 54th Legislative District in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties will receive nearly $177,000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees.
For the reporting year of 2019, natural gas producers paid more than $200 million in impact fees statewide, for a total of more than $1.9 billion over the past nine years.
“I have been a fan of natural gas exploration, and I am pleased to see the industry continues to create jobs and increase local revenue,” said Brooks. “The funding can be used in a variety of ways that improve our quality of life, including water system upgrades, clean air and road repairs.”
The following impact fee revenue amounts were announced for Allegheny and Westmoreland counties and their eligible municipalities that are part of the 54th District.
• West Deer Township - $8,082.47
• Fawn Township - $73,487.67
• Lower Burrell City - $17,871.44
• Upper Burrell Township - $17,026.43
• Allegheny Township - $22,842.87
• Export Borough - $1,522.66
• Murrysville Borough - $35,983.68
Additionally, Allegheny County will receive more than $1.58 million and Westmoreland County will receive more than $1.16 million in proceeds from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which is designed to be used for environmental, highway, water and sewer projects, rehabilitation of greenways, and other projects.
Under Act 13 of 2012, impact fees are imposed on drilling companies that are extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region. 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).
The PUC reports this year’s distribution is approximately $42.6 million lower than last year, driven primarily by a drop in the average price of natural gas.
Checks will be distributed to counties and municipalities and are expected to be sent out in early July.
Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Rick Leiner
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