York County Republican House Delegation Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Impact Fee Funding for Southcentral Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG – The York County Republican House delegation today announced Pennsylvania’s five southcentral counties will receive more than $1.5 million in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Members of the delegation include Reps. Keith Gillespie (R-Hellam), Seth Grove (R-Dover), Ron Miller (R-Jacobus), Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg), House Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-Red Lion) and Will Tallman (R-Hanover).

“Even though a single cubic foot of Marcellus gas will never be extracted from York County, Act 13 was designed to benefit all Pennsylvanians, not just areas where gas extraction occurs, so it guarantees a strong source of funding for environmental protections and safety programs in York and surrounding counties for decades to come,” Saylor said.“The responsible harvesting of our state’s abundance of clean domestic energy has produced more than $630 million for local governments statewide since Act 13 was signed into law in 2012 and has created significant job growth that has helped reduce Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate to its current 5.7 percent – far better than the national rate of 6.3 percent.”

The following five counties in southcentral Pennsylvania were allotted funding through the Marcellus Legacy Fund:

Adams - $97,246.21
Cumberland - $228,665.35
Dauphin - $258,410.42
Lancaster - $504,835.83
York - $419,572.32

Under Act 13, impact fees are imposed on the extraction of natural gas and fluctuate depending on price and the rate of inflation. Fees are collected from the drilling companies with 60 percent passed onto counties and local municipalities affected by drilling.

The remaining 40 percent goes into the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund, which is administered by the state to be distributed to conservation districts; the Department of Environmental Protection for administration of the act and enforcement of clean air and water statutes; the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for emergency response planning, training and coordination related to natural gas production from unconventional wells; and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the development, delivery and sustainment of training and grant programs for first responders.

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Utility Commission website at www.puc.state.pa.us and follow the “Act 13 (Impact Fee)” link.

For comparison purposes, the impact fees collected for the same five counties in the last annual reporting cycle were:

Adams -, $84,940.46
Cumberland - $199,209.89
Dauphin - $225,240.35
Lancaster - $438,455.68
York - $365,749.59

York County House Republican Delegation
Contact: Scott Little