Jul. 01, 2019

HARRISBURG – Counties and municipalities within the 117th Legislative District will share more than $3.4 million in impact fee revenue derived from the natural gas industry during 2018, Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) announced today.

“The funds are distributed statewide, including to counties without gas wells,” said Boback. “Local governments within the Marcellus Shale region, have the ability to use these funds for projects directly impacted by the industry, such as affordable housing, road repairs, infrastructure improvements, as well as emergency training and response.”

The following impact fee revenue amounts were announced for the counties and their eligible municipalities within the 117th Legislative District:

• Lackawanna County – $229,275.13.
• Luzerne County – $345,271.16.
• Wyoming – $1,345,282.59 to the county, and a total of nearly $1.5 million for municipalities, including:

1. Braintrim Township – $70,156.51.
2. Clinton Township – $42,340.83.
3. Eaton Township – $83,621.61.
4. Exeter Township – $11,277.64.
5. Factoryville Borough – $27,367.15.
6. Falls Township – $68,504.45.
7. Forkstown Township – $95,833.66.
8. Laceyville Borough – $9,169.60.
9. Lemon Township – $268,836.66.
10. Meshoppen Borough – $12,281.80.
11. Meshoppen Township – $248,782.25.
12. Monroe Township – $53,358.72.
13. Nicholson Borough – $17,533.79.
14. Nicholson Township – $101,875.30.
15. North Branch Township – $88,589.34.
16. Northmoreland Township – $56,129.73.
17. Overfield Township – $47,278.59.
18. Tunkhannock Borough – $40,977.97.
19. Tunkhannock Township – $144,956.41.
20. Washington Township – $388,023.06.
21. Windham Township – $282,659.78.

Statewide, $252 million was generated for the 2018 production year, an increase of nearly $79 million or about 43 percent, over last year’s amount. This revenue from Pennsylvania’s drilling activity is more than the drilling tax collected by the states of West Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas and Colorado combined, despite these four states producing more natural gas than Pennsylvania.

To date, more than $1.7 billion in impact fees have been returned to communities across Pennsylvania, according to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), the agency charged with collection. Sixty percent of the total impact fee revenue is divided among municipalities with drilling activity, while the remaining 40 percent is collected for statewide uses. Local counties also see a share of that revenue.

In addition, impact fee revenue that is directed to state government will help to enforce clean air and water statutes; plan for emergencies; develop, deliver and sustain training and grant programs for first responders; and help transition traditional fuel-powered vehicles to clean natural gas.

Checks are expected to be distributed in early July.

Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Andy Briggs