Jun. 22, 2020

HARRISBURG – Municipalities in Allegheny and Washington counties within the 39th Legislative District will share $1.18 million in impact fee revenue derived from the natural gas industry during 2019, Rep. Mike Puskaric (R-Allegheny/Washington) announced today.

For the reporting year of 2019, natural gas producers paid more than $200 million in impact fees statewide, for a total of more than $1.9 billion over the past nine years.

“The Marcellus Shale industry has been critical to our economy, with thousands of jobs created across Pennsylvania,” said Puskaric. “I have introduced legislation to make sure the industry is safe and well regulated. I am pleased to have impact fees continue to help our local governments meet the demands that have arisen as a result of the industry.”

The following impact fee revenue amounts were announced for Allegheny and Washington counties and their eligible municipalities that are part of the 39th District.

Allegheny County:
• Elizabeth Township - $30,301.55
• Elizabeth Borough - $910.98
• South Park Township - $6,943.86
• Bethel Park - $16,907.76
• Jefferson Hills Borough - $6,528.58
• Forward Township - $241,936.28

Washington County:
• Nottingham Township - $205,318.57
• Somerset Township - $504,450.56
• Finleyville Borough - $7,309.92
• Union Township - $156,568.20

Additionally, Allegheny County will receive more than $1.58 million and Washington County will receive almost $6.62 million in proceeds from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which is designed to used for environmental, highway, water and sewer projects, rehabilitation of greenways and other projects.

Under Act 13 of 2012, impact fees are imposed on drilling companies that are extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region. The fees fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation. The revenue is collected by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

The PUC reports 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.

Checks will be distributed to counties and municipalities and are expected to be sent out in early July.

Representative Mike Puskaric
39th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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