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October 2, 2013

I am writing in reference to the natural gas drilling in this area. I read in the Sun-Gazette that city streets are going to be repaired with funds from the gas impact fees....

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Oct-03-13 9:16 AM

The impact fees are a joke...first of all this state should be getting as much as West Virginia and other states, however, we have a governor who was paid by the gas industry to make things a little easier for them in this state. What impact fees were paid is being wasted on pork projects (omg is anyone surprised by that?).

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Oct-02-13 10:46 PM

Wrong, I did have land, not much. Even owned the mineral rights but I turned them down 3 times

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Oct-02-13 7:31 PM

Very easy to just leave Rick when you had no land in play with gas period

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Oct-02-13 3:02 PM

You are correct Bobbie2, my sister is an attorney but she only represents family members in Pa. but if you would need a referral she would be glad to help you, she's nice that way.

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Oct-02-13 12:43 PM

Cap, I agree with everything you are saying and please don't waste your time like I did asking your local Representatives your questions because all I got was alot of babbling and excuses and never really had my questions answered anyway. Back to work for me.

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Oct-02-13 12:33 PM

Life is not fair

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Oct-02-13 12:20 PM

Bornhere, I agree and it's totally wrong. The folks living in the outlying areas that are actually the ones being affected by the gas industry are being short changed. These roads and bridges will get to a point where they are a safety concern and cost even more money to repair and the money won't be there. Fingers will be pointed at the industry when in reality it's the misuse of funds that is to blame. This is not use it or lose it money.

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Oct-02-13 11:55 AM

Capricorn1... the usage of this money depends on who you know, and who gets the money, it is wrong but that's the way it is.

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Oct-02-13 11:08 AM


Section 2314(g) Use of funds.--A county or municipality receiving funds under subsection (d) shall use the funds received only for the following purposes "associated with natural gas production from unconventional gas wells" within the county or municipality:

It goes on to list a variety of things the money can be spent on. However, how is using this money to install new water lines to the YMCA being constructed considered infrastructure that is "associated with natural gas production from unconventional gas wells"? And there are other projects that are planned with this money that have nothing to do with things that are impacted by the gas industry.

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Oct-02-13 10:14 AM

I don't understand. They are our friends. How could they do such a thing? This industry came in here promised jobs and saw a cash cow with good honest people where a handshake was good enough. Funny how you have to spend money to make sure these guys are honest. Do what I did and leave.

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Oct-02-13 10:04 AM

Walter, There is no reason to be disillusioned with the gas companies. As stated in several previous posts, they have paid the taxes, it's the government who has short-changed you and your roads. The largest amount of impact fee dollars went to Philadelphia, where there is no gas drilling. The state is responsible for you being 'ripped off'. As far as the payments for land use, it is all specified in the contract. If you and your neighbors read them, they will know when payment is coming.

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Oct-02-13 10:03 AM

Mr. Davis if you and your neighbors did not have an attorney present before you made these agreements with the industry, shame on you.

You need to hire an attorney so you can receive the payments that you and your neighbors were promised and let them do the fighting for you.

As far as ACT 13 for your area, good luck with that one, politicians love to spend other peoples money.

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Oct-02-13 9:49 AM

Cap1- You hit the nail on the head. "Free" money will always go where it's not supposed to.

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Oct-02-13 9:13 AM

You should read Act 13 and become familiar with it. It is not just drilling that gets ACT 13 fees provided to a municipality. Other than what Texas stated, not much else typed here has been correct. The letter writer should contact the Sullivan Commissioner's office for a report of how much ACT 13 money has been received. Find out how much the local municipality has received and then go to them to see when the road is going to be repaired. ALL Act 13 money must be used for certain things and you can find those things in the Act. I'm willing to bet that the local governing body where he lives received Act 13 money. Now, go insist that they spend it to fix the road.

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Oct-02-13 6:48 AM

Act 13 impact fees are being abused and funneled off for everything but their intended purpose. But do you really expect anything less when money is handed to government and they are virtually unrestrained on how to spend it?

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Oct-02-13 6:25 AM

Companies like this create a bad name for the industry.

A PL wanted to come across my father-in-laws place and he made sure that he had the check in hand before a bulldozer moved in.

If the pipeline company hasn't paid for the ROW yet, it sounds to me like he owns the pipe and can do with it what he wants? I would get on the phone and keep marching up through every boss and supervisor in the company and tell them that. In addition, tell them you want an extra grand for your trouble. And when the dirt settles in the ditch, tell them you are going to call the DEP or DOT because they are not maintaining sufficient cover on top per the regulations.

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Oct-02-13 5:43 AM

I believe each county received a set amount of impact fee's. Walter should be talking to his Sullivan County Representatives.

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Oct-02-13 3:44 AM

I agree..... Williamsport has no business getting impact fees from the gas drilling.

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