2012 Marcellus Shale Impact Fee
Revenue Over $198 Million
The fee revenue for 2012 was due to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) by April 1st, 2013. Under the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee, Act 13 of 2012, the PUC is responsible for the collection and distribution of impact fees.
“I am pleased to see the positive effect that the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee revenue funds are having across our state,” Scarnati said. “This reasonable impact fee on the industry provides the necessary funding to protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources, particularly during a time when we continue needing to find ways to stretch our tax dollars.”
Senator Scarnati was a chief architect of the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation, which was enacted last year after considerable discussion among state government, local government, citizens, representatives of environmental groups and representatives of the industry. The law protects the environment by providing for environmental safeguards, while also imposing a reasonable annual impact fee on each well.
“The passage of Act 13 last year was a major achievement for Pennsylvania residents,” Scarnati said. “The Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation is the result of great collaboration between Governor Corbett, members of the House of Representatives and my colleagues in the Senate.”
Scarnati stated that the natural gas industry is a tremendous economic driver for the Commonwealth and has proven that they are here to stay - responsible for over 125,000 jobs in PA directly related to the industry, huge economic benefits and the potential for energy independence.
“The provisions laid forth in Act 13 are ensuring that our environment is protected, counties and municipalities receive the funding they need and also place an increased level of transparency on natural gas drilling,” Scarnati said. “The feedback and response we have received from individuals regarding Act 13 is extremely positive, yet I am amazed that there are local officials in Derry Township Westmoreland County, for example, who are actually complaining about receiving millions of dollars for local projects.”
Scarnati also stated that the zoning provisions laid forth in Act 13 are currently being reviewed by the Supreme Court. “The shale industry has brought tens of thousands of family-sustaining jobs and economic growth to Pennsylvania, hopefully including a soon-to-be $2 billion ethane cracker plant. It is important that we continue to see this significant economic growth within our state. It is my hope that the Supreme Court will recognize the importance of providing the industry with increased stability through validating the zoning provisions in Act 13.”