More Than $287,000 in Impact Fee Funding Coming to Northampton County, Says Emrick
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Nazareth) today announced Northampton County will receive more than $287,000 in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale. Distribution of revenue will take place in early July.

“Pennsylvania’s abundance of natural gas and the fees required by Act 13 of 2012 are the reasons the county stands to benefit, even though it is not part of the Marcellus Shale formation,” Emrick said. “The four-year total distributed to Northampton County comes to more than $1 million.”

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 the source of the money Northampton County is receiving.

“Projects that have been supported over the years by this money include countywide farmland preservation, the Stockertown Recreation Trail, highway and bridge improvements, and water and sewer upgrades,” added Emrick. “The impact fee was designed to benefit the entire state, and I am hopeful that it stays in place to benefit the areas that are affected the most.”

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

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Scott Little
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