According to Pennsylvania State Representative Rosemary Brown (R-189), Monroe County received more than $160,000 in natural gas impact fees during 2014.
Brown’s announcement came on the heels of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announcing more than $220 million in overall Act 13 impact fees.
The impact fee on the Marcellus Shale industry was created with the signing of Act 13 in 2012. This is the fourth year funding has been allocated. Since 2012, the fee has generated approximately $850 million for communities across the Commonwealth.
The funding is used to repair and maintain roadways and infrastructure, ensure availability of affordable housing and protect drinking water supplies.
In addition, counties without drilling receive funding through the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund. This funding may be used for planning and development or rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, natural areas, community conservation and beautification projects, community and heritage parks, and water resources management.