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Northern Tier Counties To Divide Millions From Natural Gas Drilling

HARRISBURG, P.A. (WETM-18) Two Northern Tier Counties to receive millions from natural gas drilling.
HARRISBURG, P.A. (WETM-18) Two Northern Tier Counties to receive millions from natural gas drilling.

As a result of Act 13 of 2012, impact fees collected from natural gas drilling companies are returning to Bradford and Tioga Counties. Under the law, impact fees are imposed on the extraction of natural gas and the amount fluctuates depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation.

The Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund will pay Bradford County $7,054,000 and Tioga County will receive $4,404,637. According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Bradford County will receive an additional $3,748,241 and Tioga County will get another $7,482,060.

The money will be divided to municipalities in the counties. For a list of the break down visit: http://www.puc.state.pa.us/NaturalGas/pdf/MarcellusShale/Act13-2013_County_Municipality_Disbursements.pdf

State Representative Matt Baker said, "Tioga and Bradford Counties are among the counties with the most gas wells in the state and, therefore, receive some of the largest amounts back in impact fees."  "The money helps counties and local communities address any impacts from the industry, such as the repair of local roadways, environmental protections and affordable housing opportunities," said Baker.  

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