Smith Announces Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Returned to Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong Counties
– House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) today announced that more than $2 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees would be returned to Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong counties and to municipalities within each of these counties.
According to figures provided this week, Jefferson County will receive a total of $237,709, with another $346,335 going to Jefferson County municipalities. Indiana County will receive $344,288, with an additional $461,780 returned to Indiana County municipalities. Armstrong County will receive a total of $662,984, with $20,113 allocated to Redbank Township which is part of the 66th Legislative District that Smith represents.
“A portion of the impact fees that are imposed on natural gas drillers come right back home to help in a variety of ways, including keeping our roads and bridges in good shape, conserving our water supplies, and constructing and repairing our water and sewer systems,” Smith said. “It’s critical that local governments have the added means to address the impacts of natural gas drilling and extraction.”
The balance of the fees go into a Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund administered by the state and used 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.
“I have always supported natural gas exploration and am encouraged by the positive impact this industry is having on our local economy,” Smith said. “More people are working and local revenues are increasing. That’s a good sign. We must continue to strike a balance between creating jobs and protecting our natural resources. I am pleased that impact fees are helping our local governments meet the demands brought on by this industry.”
State Representative Sam Smith
66th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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