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Saturday, February 9, 2013

$14.5 million in impact fee revenue is available for plugging abandoned wells

$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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Anonymous said...

if they plug the well and drilling near by builds up underground pressure, could it send the plugged well "plug" hurrling into the air?

Anonymous said...

9:24:00 PM.. Yes it can and DID a few years ago in McKean County at Foote Rest Campground along 219 near Kane. New fracking operations sent the cement plugging material flying and caused a 75 foot geyser. The cement shrinks and cracks when they freeze so plugs only last (around) 20 years then they need re-plugging.

Anonymous said...

how did corbett let 14.5mill slip threw his greedy fingers

Anonymous said...

The bad thing is alot of time or should i say most of the time all the money gets used up before any of it is put into the actual job. Paper work,fees,permits,administration fees, the list is endless. The old saying holds true to many cheifs and not enough indians!

Anonymous said...

Notice Ulysses is, once again, is right in the middle of the map.
Is it a coincidence that Jim Hoopes, the Ulysses Township Chairman, is right in the middle of a lot of money to be spent. Funny how none of that money ends up helping Ulysses Township, who still, after 100years, has to let there equipment set out side do to lack of funds for a building!

Anonymous said...

To poster @ 9:26 am. A couple million of it is coming from closing the oswayo fish hatchery. The rest will come from all the wells they will probably drill on the state land up stream from the hatchery once it is closed and the hatchery water sources will no longer need protecting.