Pennsylvania State Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) recently announced that his district - Union and Snyder counties - will receive more than $81,000 in impact fees from companies extracting natural gas in the Marcellus Shale regions.
Snyder County will receive approximately $38,000 from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, and Union County will receive approximately $43,000. Checks will be distributed to the counties by July 1.
Money distributed by the fund can be used towards infrastructure projects, emergency response planning, environmental initiatives and training.
Impact fees are collected under Act 13, which was signed into law by Republican Governor Tom Corbett in 2012. The fees vary based on the price of natural gas and rate of inflation. Fees are collected by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission - more than $225 million in impact fees were collected in total in 2013.
"While some will no doubt bemoan that $81,000 is not enough to justify the extraction of Marcellus Shale, this amount is far more than the zero dollar mirage our counties received from the so-called impact fee imposed under the Rendell administration," Keller said. "This more than $81,000 is a tangible investment in safer roads, cleaner water and better trained emergency responders that will directly benefit the very taxpayers who are directly responsible for the revenue that makes our local, county and state budgets possible."
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