Local Municipalities Benefit From Marcellus Shale Funding

oil-well-pumpThe Courier Express

By Evanne Gareis

CLARION – Since former Gov. Tom Corbett enacted impact fees on Marcellus Shale drilling in 2012, every municipality has received portions of the more than $1 million in funds awarded to Clarion County over the past three years.

Clarion County Commissioner Wayne Brosius explained that the money is distributed to the townships and boroughs directly from the state, and the amounts are determined with the help of a formula. The formula bases its figures on how many wells are located in a particular municipality, as well as the population.

“Even municipalities that don’t have Marcellus wells receive some money from the impact fee,” Brosius explained, noting that townships can use the money for certain things that help the bottom line in their budgets.

Although there are mandates on what impact fee money can be used for, Brosius described the stipulations as “very broad” and can include anything from emergency preparedness and public safety to the construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of roadways, bridges or public infrastructures.

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