Almost $60K coming here from drilling fee

Warren County will receive $58,910.17 in funds from Act 13 Impact Fees paid by natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania.

The amount is more than $10,000 higher than the 2012 allocation of $47,885.83.

Warren County received $53,127.09 in 2011.

Nearly $225 million in impact fees will go to counties, municipalities and state agencies this year from the natural gas industry.

Of the $225 million in impact fees, $123 million will go to county and municipal governments in more than 40 counties; $82 million will be distributed through the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund to counties for parks, recreation, greenway trail and bridge improvements, and grants to local governments and non-profit organizations for environmental improvement projects; $17 million will go to state and county agencies with responsibility and oversight of natural gas development, including the Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Public Utilities Commission, Office of the State Fire Commissioner, and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

In Warren County, the amounts dispersed to 27 municipalities are as follows:

Bear Lake Borough, $22.06; Brokenstraw Township, $7,488.54; Cherry Grove Township, $79.83; Clarendon Borough, $104.39; Columbus Township, $480.49; Conewango Township, $1,087.18; Deerfield Township, $315.65; Eldred Township, $557.62; Elk Township, $294.77; Farmington Township, $792.21; Freehold Township$768.48; Glade Township, $653.21; Limestone Township, $200.69; Mead Township, $7,087.08; Pine Grove Township, $846.04; Pittsfield Township, $7,289.71; Pleasant Township, $624.90; Sheffield Township, $556.79; Southwest Township, $470.32; Spring Creek Township, $762.28; Sugar Grove Borough, $67.97; Sugar Grove Township, $919.54; Tidioute Borough, $84.62; Triumph Township, $377.81; City of Warren, $2,214.60; Watson Township, $72.78; and Youngsville Borough, $413.49.

The remaining $39,428.76 will go to the county.

“These dollars are helping local communities all across Pennsylvania meet their critical obligations to their constituents without the need to raise local taxes,” said Gov. Tom Corbett in a press release. “With this new revenue, we are making significant investments in conservation and environmental protection projects throughout the commonwealth, including the first infusion of new money into the Growing Greener program since 2002.”

Corbett said the impact fee revenue totaled over $225 million for calendar year 2013, an increase in revenue of more than 11 percent from 2012 and has generated a total of $630 million in revenue since its enactment in February 2012.