Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Funding Headed for Erie County, Says Sonney

HARRISBURG – Erie County will receive more than $235,000 in revenue from the collection of an impact fee on natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale, according to state Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek).  

“The money generated by the Act 13 fees will be used to support environmental, highway, water and sewer projects,” Sonney said. “Statewide, natural gas drilling has produced more than $400 million for local governments over a two-year-period and helped reduce Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate to its lowest level in four years.”

Impact fees are imposed on the extraction of natural gas under Act 13 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 he Office of the State Fire Commissioner for the development, delivery and sustainment of training and grant programs for first responders.

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

Questions about this or any other legislative issue should be directed to Sonney’s Corry office at (814) 664-9126, or his Harborcreek office at (814) 897-2080.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Scott Little
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