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Corbett promotes Act 13 impact fees

March 27, 2013

Gov. Tom Corbett made a brief stop Tuesday at the Williamsport Regional Airport to hear from local officials how Act 13 natural gas drilling impact fees are being used in Lycoming County....

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kdc1025

Mar-27-13 1:42 AM

It seems like the impact fee imposed on drillers to benefit the community is actually going to benefit the drillers -- by making it cheaper for them to fly.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 6:16 AM

Never enough money for liberals.

They oppose domestic energy and local jobs, so liberals would tax it into oblivion.

The impact fee has been a great source of revenue for those communities that are conservatively managed.

If you can't stop spending on stupid things, don't blame a lack of revenue.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 6:32 AM

Criminally Low?

So, taking less of what someone else earns is now criminal?

Liberal insanity on display, folks!

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rick424

Mar-27-13 6:37 AM

1 million for an airport terminal they can't afford to keep the tower open. Sounds like wise use to me. Here is an idea, maybe they could use ACT 13 monies to offset the cost of base line water testing for those people DIRECTLY involved. What a joke this is.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 6:56 AM

Francine:

Your assessment of the negative impact of gas extraction is not the same as the next guy's assessment.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 7:03 AM

rick:

It shows how ill-informed you are.

Act 13 money is used for baseline water tests.

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rick424

Mar-27-13 7:07 AM

OK how do I get the money, I need to do one. Last I checked I was on my own.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 7:23 AM

rick:

Is a gas well being drilled near you?

What distance?

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nosferatu

Mar-27-13 7:24 AM

They best better start saving for the inevitable clean ups that will come along. You know we're going to get stuck because these pig politicians never saw a dollar of someone else's money they didn't want to spend.

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rick424

Mar-27-13 7:34 AM

No, and the nearest one was about 4 miles. But I don't want to wait. I need to get it done before they come and I was told I should get one by a state official at that point I ask who would pay for it.

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BornHere

Mar-27-13 7:41 AM

rick, call Robin at Keystone Water Testing Lab in Muncy and I will pay for the test for you, but it will have to wait till next week cause I'm in Wyoming now.

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rick424

Mar-27-13 7:51 AM

Absolutely not Bornhere. That will never happen. I have the money, it is just the principle. The monies should go for things like this, not airports. How much is Philly getting from this? In fairness to Erik, I will look into this.

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THERICK

Mar-27-13 8:02 AM

The first thing that should be done with the impact fees are...the roads that are being torn up by the added use should be repaired. As for the airport. These people who want to spend 13 million to try to attract more airlines into coming here are living in a dream. A flight from Williamsport to Dallas one way $533. Harrisburg to Dallas $234. Do they think a new terminal will lower the price $300. We have five airports that are less than 2 hrs away, that 3 have cheaper airfare. Let's take care of the taxpayers and our communities. The gas companies will still be here. When they are gone the taxpayers will still be paying for everything that was built/done to keep and or entice them to be here.

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BornHere

Mar-27-13 8:03 AM

ok rick my offer still stands, enjoy Easter with your family.

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jeff33

Mar-27-13 8:22 AM

New Airport without a man tower, no airlines will come here! WHAT A JOKE!

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MichaelKnapp

Mar-27-13 8:37 AM

Rick,

There's no need for you to do a baseline test now (at least due to fears of contamination from gas drilling). One of the many protections that was added or increased by Act 13 is the water testing provision. Companies now have to pay for an accredited lab to test the water sources of everyone within 2,500' of a proposed well. It also increased setbacks and a bunch of other things that most people who decry Act 13 probably don't even know about.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 8:43 AM

rick:

At 4 miles you will not have the testing paid by the state.

If you believe in a contamination risk, then you should have it tested, at your expense, before drilling starts to establish a baseline. Don't cut corners, get a good testing company.

Once drilling starts, you cannot blame anything on them.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 8:45 AM

jeff33:

Airlines fly into airports without manned towers all the time.

Get informed.

There are plenty of other reasons why it will be difficult to attract airlines here.

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pinecr

Mar-27-13 10:06 AM

erik....., first of all the impact fees should have stayed in the townships where the drilling is taking place and not to be used to build or renovate an airport..once again we locals being devastated by the drilling are getting fracked over while the money is being spent in ridiculous ways and certainly not what it should have been meant for!

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Judgeandjury

Mar-28-13 6:43 AM

Act 13 was a gift to the gas industry and that is crystal clear. Anyone just looks like a fool claiming anything else. The "impact fee" is criminally low. The rights and freedoms it gives the gas industry are akin to theft. Unfortunately when we have a group of people that receive the benefits that also control our futures, the vast majority of us are going to lose out. This industry needs to disappear. They are doing nothing but raping our land and profiting a few. If the true cost of these actions were included in the overall price of this fuel then solar and wind would be seen as more economically viable. But that doesn't make these people, Corbett, Yaw, Eric and others money, so it won't happen.

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BornHere

Mar-28-13 7:28 AM

Good comment with my morning coffee, thanks Judgeandjury!!!

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billybob

Mar-28-13 8:10 AM

"No, and the nearest one was about 4 miles. But I don't want to wait. I need to get it done before they come and I was told I should get one by a state official at that point I ask who would pay for it."

rick424 should pay for it. Everyone with a private water supply should have had at a minimum a yearly water test every year since they have had the private water supply. Only stupid people would drink untested water.

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pinecr

Mar-28-13 11:33 AM

What you all fail to realize is that the local water testing company does all of the work for the gas industry so do you really think that they are going to go to court and stand up for you if your water well gets contaminated from the drilling...not likely. That is why we went out of the area to get a company to do our water testing. And as for all of yor comments on "you people with water wells should pay to have your wells tested" well yes, but who has $500.00 laying around to pay for the water testing...yep that is just what we paid to have a complete water test done to handle all of the poisons and contaminents that the fracking process uses. I believe if you have a water well, the gas industry should be forced into doing a testing prior to fracking, and several times through the entire process. With as much money as the gas industry is making and as much money as they are not paying to our State, they can afford to pay for water testing.

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billybob

Mar-28-13 3:14 PM

In an effort to debunk pinecr's propaganda people should know that you can use local testing companies because the drillers dont use them. Almost all drilling companies use huge out of state labs like Test America and others that can handle the large volumes of samples they collect. Small local labs are just too small to be of much use to major drillers. In addition labs are certified by the state to determine that their results are accurate. However, labs only perform analytical testing. Labs do not interpret data and no lab anywhere will ever stand up in court anywhere for anyone. $500 would be testing for alot of unnecessary stuff. $300-$350 is typical, which is much less than your annual water bill would be if you were on city water so you should be happy to only spend that much.

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