– More than $3.7 million in impact fees paid by Marcellus Shale drilling companies will benefit residents of the 60th District, either through direct disbursements to municipalities or to the counties at large, said Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana/Butler).
For the reporting year of 2019, natural gas producers paid more than $200 million in impact fees statewide, for a total of over $1.9 billion over the past nine years.
“Over the years, these impact fees have helped municipalities with a variety of projects,” Pyle said. “These awards clearly show the industry is contributing to the communities to lessen the impacts created by drilling. If the governor had his way with his shale tax idea, this money would go away.”
Within the 60th District, the following impact fee disbursements were announced:
• Armstrong County municipalities -- $623,955.
• Butler County municipalities -- $276,114.
• Indiana County municipalities – $12,977.
Additionally, the following counties will receive proceeds through the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which is designed to be used for environmental, highway, water and sewer projects, rehabilitation of greenways and other projects:
• Armstrong County -- $520,479.
• Butler County -- $2.1 million.
• Indiana County -- $156,325.
According to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), which is the state agency charged with collecting the fee, 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.
The disbursements to municipalities and counties were announced today (Thursday), and checks to municipalities are expected to be sent out in early July.
Representative Jeff Pyle
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Tracy Polovick