$14.5 million in impact fee revenue is available for plugging abandoned wells.
Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) is accepting grant applications now through July 31.
CFA Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program
On January 29, 2013, the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) Board of Directors approved a motion to accept applications requesting funding under the Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program, which provides grants to provide mechanisms to plug abandoned and orphaned wells that have the potential to cause health, safety or environmental concerns.
The Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund applications for consideration at the November 13, 2013 meeting will be accepted through July 31, 2013. Eligible applicants are encouraged to contact Brian Eckert or Matthew Karnell at 717-787-6245 to discuss potential projects before commencing the application process.
There is a maximum of $250,000 per project.
Municipalities– Any county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality.
Councils of Governments
Authorized Organizations – An entity involved in research, restoration, rehabilitation, planning,
acquisition, development, education or other activities, which furthers the protection, enhancement,
conservation, preservation or enjoyment of this Commonwealth's environmental, conservation,
recreation or similar resources. The organization must be a tax-exempt institution under section 501(c)
(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. § 501(c) (3)) and registered
with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations or an educational institution involved in these authorized
activities or a municipal authority.
Institutions of Higher Education- An entity that is an accredited university, college, seminary college,
community college or two-year college.
Watershed Organizations – An entity recognized by the Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources or the Department of Environmental Protection that was established to promote local
watershed conservation efforts in an identified watershed.
For Profit Businesses – other than “producers” of natural gas as defined in Act 13.
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Here are the program guidelines: