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Impact Fees from Marcellus Shale Drilling Benefit Berks and Lehigh Counties, Says Mackenzie
6/13/2013

HARRISBURG – Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Berks/Lehigh) said that disbursement figures published today by the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission demonstrate that Marcellus Shale drilling offers benefits to the entire Commonwealth and not only to those areas where drilling is actively taking place.

“The Lehigh Valley continues to benefit from economic activity generated by Pennsylvania’s Marcellus industry, both in terms of local jobs created by the ancillary industries that support the gas drilling infrastructure and by the distribution of impact fees to county governments.” 

Act 13, signed into law in early 2012, distributes money collected from fees assessed on companies drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus region.  Forty percent of these funds are set aside specifically for counties and municipalities where such gas wells are active, while 60 percent is disbursed statewide.

Disbursements will be paid to local governments no later than July 1.  Berks County is set to receive more than $345,000 from the Marcellus Legacy Fund this year, while Lehigh County will be the recipient of nearly $300,000.

“Pennsylvania is on the forefront of a revolution in the energy sector that promises to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and transition us toward domestic, cleaner-burning sources of energy,” said Mackenzie.  “It is important to balance the economic benefits we are experiencing with strong environmental protections to make sure that such drilling is done responsibly.” 

Please see www.RepMackenzie.com or www.Facebook.com/RepMackenzie for more information.

Representative Ryan Mackenzie
134th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Ryan Travis, 717.260.6335
rtravis@pahousegop.com
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