Lehigh Valley Members Announce More Than $286,000 in Impact Fee Funding for Northampton County
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Joe Emrick (R-Mt. Bethel), Marcia Hahn (R-Nazareth), Julie Harhart (R-Northampton) and Justin Simmons (R-Lower Saucon) today announced the county will receive more than $286,000 in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Distribution of revenue will take place by Tuesday, July 1.

Impact fees under Act 13 are imposed on the extraction of natural gas and fluctuate depending on price and the rate of inflation. Fees are collected from the drilling companies with 60 percent passed onto counties and local municipalities affected by drilling.

The remaining 40 percent goes into the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund, which is administered by the state to be distributed to conservation districts; the Department of Environmental Protection for administration of the act and enforcement of clean air and water statutes; the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for emergency response planning, training and coordination related to natural gas production from unconventional wells; and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the development, delivery and sustainment of training and grant programs for first responders.

The members issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

“Pennsylvania’s abundance of natural gas and the fees required by Act 13 are the reasons we as a county will again be receiving this funding, even though Northampton County is not part of the Marcellus Shale formation. The three-year total distributed to local governments comes to more than $630 million. That, coupled with job growth that has helped reduce the state’s unemployment level to its lowest point in four years, shows how successful Act 13 has been.”

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Utility Commission website, www.puc.state.pa.us and follow the “Act 13 (Impact Fee)” link.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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Representative Marcia Hahn
138th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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