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Dauphin County to Receive More than $225,000 From Marcellus Shale Impact Fees, Says Helm

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) today announced that Dauphin County will receive more than $225,000 in Marcellus Shale impact fees collected under Act 13 of 2012.

Under the law, impact fees are imposed on drilling companies that are extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale regions. The fees fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation. The revenue is collected by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), which released the state, county and municipal totals this week. 

“As promised under Act 13, counties statewide are benefitting financially from Pennsylvania’s abundant Marcellus Shale reserves, even those with very few drilling operations,” said Helm. “The law is also ensuring this growing industry is safe and well regulated.”

The PUC announced that Dauphin County will receive $225,240.35.

Counties and municipalities have the option to use funds to address a variety of drilling impacts, including preservation and reclamation of water supplies; improvements to local roads and bridges; construction and repair of water and sewer systems; delivery of social services including domestic relations and drug and alcohol treatment; local tax reduction; local affordable housing needs; and assistance for county conservation districts.

In addition, impact fee revenue that is directed to state government will help to enforce clean air and water statutes; to plan for emergencies; to develop, deliver and sustain training and grant programs for first responders; and to help transition traditional fuel-powered vehicles to clean natural gas.

PUC collected impact fees totaling more than $202.4 million this year, bringing the two-year total to more than $406.6 million.

Checks will be distributed to counties and municipalities beginning June 28.

For more information on Helm and her legislative priorities, visitSueHelm.netor

Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Andy Briggs
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