Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton Counties to Receive More than $1.4 Million from Marcellus Shale Impact Fees, Says Simmons
HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) today announced that Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties will receive more than $1.4 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees collected during calendar year 2014. Checks will be distributed by July 1.

Under Act 13, impact fees are imposed on drilling companies that are extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale regions. 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), which recently released the state, county and municipal totals.

“Our region is not part of the Marcellus Shale formation, yet communities here still benefit, as was promised under Act 13,” said Simmons. “Revenue from the impact fees is going toward road repairs, water system upgrades and public safety improvements across the state.”

The PUC announced that Lehigh County will receive $340,404.42 from the Marcellus Legacy Fund, while Montgomery and Northampton counties will receive $778,773.90 and $287,390.82, respectively.

The fund derives its revenue from the 40 percent portion of collected impact fees that goes back to the state. The money distributed by the fund can be used by counties for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, storm water and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as statewide environmental initiatives.

The PUC collected impact fees totaling more than $223.5 million in 2014, bringing the four-year total since Act 13’s passage to nearly $856 million.

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