Lycoming County and local municipalities will receive more than $10 million in impact fees from Marcellus Shale, according to an announcement by Sen. Gene Yaw of R-Loyalsock Township.
Statewide, approximately $234 million was distributed in the last round of funding based on natural gas production in 2021. Of that amount, more than $48 million will be returned to the counties of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union and municipal governments, information from Yaw’s office said.
The impact fee is imposed on natural gas companies in addition to the regular business taxes paid by state companies. The disbursement of funds is based on a formula established in Law 13 of 2012 which ensures that communities affected by natural gas drilling receive their fair share of funding for projects such as road and bridge repairs, housing and other infrastructure projects. Since 2011, Lycoming County has received nearly $43 million, and county municipalities nearly $65 million, from impact fees.
“The Impact Fee not only funds critical projects locally, but also funds a wide variety of important environmental projects in communities across the state,” said Yaw, who is chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
“The natural gas industry has been a great partner in creating new jobs and opportunities in our communities, and today’s announcement is another reminder of how important this industry is to Pennsylvania,” he said.
In Lycoming County, the funds helped fund the MuncyCreek Riverfront Restoration and Protection Project and the Basin Street/Susquehanna Riverwalk connection, the news release said.
The disbursements announced Friday by the Public Utilities Commission include:
• Lycoming County Distribution: $3,988,256.26, compared to $2,336,241.94 in 2020; $42,867,781 received by the county since 2011.
• Municipal distribution: $6,210,203.8; $64,899,809 received by Lycoming County municipalities since 2011.
• Bradford County Distribution: $5,872,470.61, compared to $3,396,291.30 in 2020; $63,823,945 received by the county since 2011.
• Municipal Distribution: $10,283,449.07, $108,829,387 received by municipalities in Bradford County since 2011.
• Sullivan County Distribution: $638,293.52, compared to $348,917.26 in 2020; $5,646,390 received by the county since 2011.
• Municipal Distribution: $1,090,299.32, $9,549,135 received by municipalities in Sullivan County since 2011.
• Susquehanna County Distribution: $7,241,245.26, up from $4,048,393.43 in 2020; $60,023,730 received by the county since 2011.
• Municipal Distribution: $12,700,058.56 or $99,222,148 received by municipalities in Susquehanna County since 2011.
• Union-Comté distribution: $44,423.85, compared to $26,321.86 in 2020; $427,117.85 received by the county since 2011. There is no municipal share for Union County.
Pennsylvania is the second largest natural gas producer in the country behind Texas. Since 2011, the impact levy has generated more than $2.3 billion in tax revenue to support county and local governments, including more than $450 million in Yaw District.