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Environmental chief: Impact fee funds justify general budget cuts

February 22, 2013

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer is telling lawmakers that money from the new gas-drilling impact fee will take the place of general tax revenue to......

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DavidBross

Feb-22-13 9:41 AM

This only makes sense if the cost of operations for some departments is up due to the drilling. I have a feeling that this money will be used to funding services that existed prior to the drilling. What I see is this is a backdoor way to put the money in the general budget and get lost. Which was what the impact fee was supposed to avoid. That was the same concern for the severance tax.

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Brew4U

Feb-22-13 12:48 PM

DEP Secretary Michael Krancer is the second most corrupt man in this state,right behind Governor Tom Corbett.Act 13 is the law the state passed very quickly so the natural gas industry can rampage through this state and turn our forests into industrial wastelands.The impact fees and the so called fines that the gas companies pay for violations is pure chump change.The profits,payoffs,paybacks,and kickbacks are all they care about.It's just another reason Pennsyvania is one of the most corrupt states in the United States.

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Brew4U

Feb-22-13 12:59 PM

This article should not be in the local news section.It should be in the police,fire and court section.It should be a crime for Michael Krancer to continue to lie about everything he says about fracking and Act 13.

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Lycoming17701

Feb-22-13 11:42 PM

I thought the point of an impact fee was to provide funds to deal with NEW impacts caused by the gas industry. That is why the funding is restricted to certain types of projects. This was never meant to replace basic funding, but to enhance it. I hope our local legislators do not stand for this and reinstate the funds for Conservation Districts. What a joke to say "here is money to deal with all the new impacts" and then say "now you have all this new money so you don't need what we normally give you."

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