Announces Act 13 Impact Fee County and Municipal Distributions; Revenues
Surpass $630 Million to Benefit Local Communities Across the Commonwealth
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today
announced that county and municipal allocation amounts from the Act 13 natural
gas impact fee are now available for review on the Pennsylvania Public Utility
Commission’s (PUC) website.
dollars are helping local communities all across Pennsylvania meet their
critical obligations to their constituents without the need to raise local
taxes,” said Corbett.
early April, Corbett announced that impact fee revenue totaled over $225
million for calendar year 2013, an increase in revenue of over 11% from
2012. To date, the impact fee has generated a total of $630 million in
new revenue for the citizens of Pennsylvania since its enactment in February
2012. This revenue is in addition to nearly $2 billion in corporate and
personal income tax revenue paid by oil and gas companies since the onset of
significant Marcellus Shale activity in Pennsylvania seven years ago.
this new revenue, we are making significant investments in conservation and
environmental protection projects throughout the commonwealth, including the
first infusion of new money into the Growing Greener program since 2002,”
Act 13, county and municipal governments can use their shares of the money on
various expenses related to natural gas development, including:
repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and other public infrastructure;
storm water and sewer system construction and repair;
response preparedness, training, equipment, responder recruitment;
and reclamation of surface and subsurface water supplies;
management, geographic information systems and information technology;
which increase the availability of affordable housing to low-income residents;
of social services, including domestic relations, drug and alcohol treatment,
job training and counseling;
increased judicial system costs, including training;
to county conservation districts for inspection, oversight and enforcement of
natural gas development; and
or municipal planning.
Additionally, state and county
agencies with responsibility and oversight of natural gas development will
receive $17 million in funding for this round of impact fee revenues, including
the Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Emergency Management
Agency, the PUC, the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, and the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Approximately $123 million will be
distributed to county and municipal governments in over 40 counties that host
shale gas activity. Another $82 million will be distributed through the
Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund to counties for parks, recreation, greenway trail
and bridge improvements, as well as competitive grants awarded to local
governments and non-profit organizations for environmental improvement
In 2013, Pennsylvania became the
second-largest natural gas producing state in the nation. The abundance
of low-cost natural gas has driven electric and natural gas prices down nearly
40 percent since 2008, saving the average Pennsylvania resident nearly $1,200
annually in lower energy costs. After importing 75 percent of its natural gas
just five years ago, Pennsylvania has become a net exporter of gas for the
first time in more than 100 years.
“Pennsylvania is leading the way
toward energy security and independence, while creating new jobs for our
citizens and setting the stage for a manufacturing renaissance,” Corbett said.
“I am proud to have partnered with the members of the General Assembly as
Pennsylvania sets the standard for safe and responsible shale gas development.”
13, signed in February 2012, also significantly enhanced the state’s
environmental standards, with new protections for surface and groundwater;
increased setback distances between drilling activity and critical resources
and facilities; citizen notice of permitting activity; increased fines and
enhanced penalties; increased well bonding; mandatory inspections and chemical
disclosure, and a host of other environmental and public safety
improvements. Corbett noted that last fall, the commonwealth was invited
to present its success story on improving environmental protections to the
National Governors Association shale gas seminar.
information about Act 13 impact fee allocations is available on the Public
Utility Commission’s website at www.puc.state.pa.us
or by clicking here.
Caras, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116