Watching Government: Helping Marcellus communities

Pennsylvania's impact fees have raised more than $204.2 million for distribution to communities affected by Marcellus shale natural gas development and state agencies overseeing it, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) said on Oct. 15. The assessments, which the state's general assembly adopted earlier this year, are an effort to help counties and communities confronted with sudden growth and pressure to provide basic services. Act 13 gave local governments authorization to impose an impact fee on producers to help pay for essential services. It also increased setback requirements for unconventional gas development, enhanced protection of water supplies, and established uniform statewide environmental pr...

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