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Townships Applaud PUC for Early Release of Natural Gas Impact Fee Funds

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors is applauding efforts to release more than $100 million in natural gas impact fee funds sooner, rather than later.

The following statement was issued today by David Sanko, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, which represents more than 1,400 townships of the second class across Pennsylvania. Townships, in turn, represent more residents — 5.5 million Pennsylvanians — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth and cover 95 percent of the commonwealth’s land mass.

“On behalf of the PSATS Executive Board and our member townships, we applaud Governor Corbett’s announcement of the PUC‘s early release of natural gas impact fees to local governments. More than $100 million of the $204 million collected will be spent in municipalities and counties in the Marcellus Shale region. These impact fees mean that residents will not be burdened with the local infrastructure costs associated with this great economic opportunity.

PSATS was pleased to have partnered with the governor, Sen. Joe Scarnati, Rep. Brian Ellis, their colleagues, environmental groups, and the industry earlier this year to help pave the way for the responsible development of this natural resource in Pennsylvania. This ongoing partnership will continue to accrue and benefit all Pennsylvanians as we reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create economic opportunities, including jobs and new businesses, and develop new uses and markets for home-grown natural gas while continuing to protect our environment and the quality of life that makes Pennsylvania a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” Sanko concluded.

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Warren Jacobs October 16, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I didn't believe Fast Eddie when he promised us all that gambling revenue. But apparently it's now trickling in. Too bad it's not lowering our real estate taxes as was the original sales pitch.
DJ2 October 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Did they seriously say that they were protecting the environment? People can light their tap water on fire, and that is a good quality of life?
Mike Shortall Sr October 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Bogus ... Methane is common in some wells. It can't be totally avoided in some areas. That is where "lit faucets" come from. It has NOTHING to do with fracking. Fracking takes place between 8000-10,000 feet below the surface. Home wells are drilled only to a depth of 800-1000 feet. And in between these two layers is thousands of feet of impermeable rock. Read and learn!
DJ2 October 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM
http://www.naturalnews.com/034401_EPA_fracking_well_water.html Right back atcha, buddy! Or perhaps I should read the research by "experts" who are not scientists and/or are paid by the companies doing the fracking? I've read plenty.
Mike Shortall Sr October 17, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I didn't see anything in there about faucets aflame from methane in their tap water. The methodology I stated on fracking the conditions existing in PENNSYLVANIA were accurate. Try again.

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