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Clinton County to get $572,979 in natural gas impact tax

PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas, the impact fee, has generated more than $2 billion in revenue since 2012, including $146.3 million for 2020, directly benefitting each of the state’s 67 counties, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced Monday.

This year, communities in Northcentral Pennsylvania will receive a combined $24.4 million in revenue to support important county and municipal programs.

Clinton County will receive $572,979; Centre County, $257,510, and Lycoming County, $6,311,567.

“Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax continues to deliver important benefits for the entire Commonwealth. Generating more than $2 billion since 2012, the impact tax is a successful policy for Pennsylvanians, local governments, environmental conservation programs, emergency response efforts and much more,” Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Callahan said.

“While our industry was certainly impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic, this tax further demonstrates how all Pennsylvania communities and families share in the many benefits of responsible natural gas development,” Callahan continued.

In addition to local governments, statewide environmental and conservation programs have also received significant funding from the impact fee over the past decade, including:

— $60 Million to the Department of Environmental Protection for environmental oversight of the natural gas industry

–Over $69 Million in new revenue to county conservation districts;

–Over $73 Million for Pennsylvania’s award-winning Growing Greener program;

–Over $146 Million for the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which invests in watershed protection, parks, trails, recreation, open space conservation, farmland preservation and other environmental enhancement programs; and

Nearly $183 Million in water and sewer infrastructure projects

“Today’s announcement should serve as yet another a reminder to policymakers that the natural gas industry’s role in creating broad-based economic, environmental and national security benefits is essential and that our current tax framework is the right choice for the Commonwealth,” said Callahan.

A breakdown of disbursements for Northcentral Pennsylvania counties and municipalities is as follows:

Bradford County – $9,371,305

Cameron County – $600,040

Centre County – $257,510

Clearfield County – $668,834

Clinton County – $572,979

Columbia County – $38,064

Lycoming County – $6,311,567

Montour County – $25,000

Northumberland County – $53,227

Potter County – $600,040

Snyder County – $25,000

Sullivan County – $924,769

Tioga County – $4,997,413

Union County – $26,321

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