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.