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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Another Round Of ‘Impact Fee’ Payments Coming

Another Round Of ‘Impact Fee’ Payments Coming

shale3Local townships, boroughs and county governments will be receiving a second round of payments soon from the state’s new “impact fee” on shale gas drilling. Amount of each check from the Pa. Public Utility Commission (PUC) is based on gas production that took place in 2012. Annual allotments will continue in future years based on the previous year’s production.

 PUC will send $382,315 to the Potter County Commissioners. The payment is lower than the 2012 allotment, as production has tailed off due to low natural gas prices at the wellhead. Potter County will also receive $25,000 from a state-operated “legacy fund” and can use that money for greenways, natural areas and other environmental projects. Regulations that were passed by the legislature as part of Pa. Act 13 restrict how counties and local governments can use the revenue. Payments will be made by the PUC on or around July 1.

Breakdown of payments coming to the townships and boroughs in Potter County is as follows: Abbott, $17,313; Allegany, $38,387; Austin, $6,220; Bingham, $13,847; Clara, $45,134; Coudersport, $38,470; Eulalia, $12,539; Galeton, $11,567; Genesee, $11,668; Harrison, $22,175; Hebron, $21,052; Hector, $38,018; Homer, $8,204; Keating, $28,962; Oswayo Borough $2,000; Oswayo Township, $8,675; Pike, $5,633; Pleasant Valley, $84,891; Portage, $2,301; Roulette, $14,332; Sharon, $16,026; Shinglehouse, $5,383; Stewardson, $2,877; Summit, $4,681; Sweden, $32,462; Sylvania, $15,479; Ulysses Borough, $6,571; Ulysses Township, $11,616; West Branch, $124,428; and Wharton, $30,761.

Under Pa. Act 13, after the state takes its share “off the top” for designated uses, remainder of the money paid to the PUC by energy companies is distributed as follows: 36 percent to county governments with wells subject to the fee; 37 percent for host municipalities with wells subject to the fee; and 27 percent for all local governments in counties with wells. Both the PUC and the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) have posted information about the Act 13 impact fee and related topics on their websites.


Anonymous said...

Another 45k to Clara Twp. Good. Lets fix the damn road from White Chopin down to the pavement. By fix, I mean put some gravel, or God forbid, limestone on it. Putting the same old mud back in the potholes isn't cutting it.

Anonymous said...

Ever go to a township meeting? Do you know when your township meetings are? Much better ways to get things done than post a nasty comment anonymously.

Anonymous said...

After the big pot is divided umpteen ways and admin costs are taken, how much is actually used to benefit the average job?

Anonymous said...

Poison all the wells and let Potter County go to hell where it belongs.