Oberlander Reports $1.2 Million in Impact Fee Revenue for 63rd District
HARRISBURG – More than $1.2 million that has been collected in the form of impact fees on local wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale will come back to the 63rd District in Clarion, Armstrong and Forest counties and their affected municipalities, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) said today.

“These impact fees allow our local governments to address impacts caused by drilling activities and to further protect our environment,” said Oberlander, who serves as the chairman of the House Gas and Oil Caucus. “From fixing roads and bridges to helping with maintenance at local parks, the impact fee revenue has given our rural municipalities the ability to fund projects for which they normally wouldn’t have the money.”

Locally, the County of Clarion will receive $101,185, with eligible municipalities in the county receiving a total of $113,148. In the Armstrong County portion of the 63rd Legislative District, affected municipalities will share $224,808, with the county to receive $574,494. In addition, $129,155 will benefit Forest County and $68,380 to Barnett and Jenks townships, which are new to the 63rd District.

The impact fee schedule, along with a set of strict environmental protections, are outlined in Act 13 of 2012, which authorized counties to impose the fees on wells in both the Marcellus and Utica shales. The fees are based on the retail price of natural gas and on the age of the well.

In Clarion County, the most active drilling municipalities, as based on impact fee revenue for 2014, include Madison, Porter and Washington townships, along with Cowanshannock and Plumcreek townships in the 63rd portion of Armstrong County.

At the state level, the impact fee revenue is directed to conservation districts; the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for administration of the act and enforcement of clean air and water statutes; the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) for emergency response planning, training and coordination related to natural gas production from unconventional wells; and to the Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the development, delivery and sustainment of training and grant programs for first responders.

Representative Donna Oberlander
63rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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