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Gas impact fees advance county – $8.4 million

November 10, 2013

An extra $8.4 million. That's a lot of money. It's the amount Lycoming County has to distribute this year from the state natural gas drilling impact fees. A total of $3....

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Nov-19-13 1:30 PM

Thank you for the money but we don't want you drilling here but thanks for the cash

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Nov-14-13 6:52 AM

Here's some more interesting reading.

List of Pipeline accidents in the US for the 21st century . It is one of several lists of US pipeline accidents.


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Nov-14-13 6:11 AM

I'm sorry Texas maybe I should have said "sent warning letters" but in my mind I thought they should have been fined. Still with all the money the industry has one would think they could afford to hire the "Best" welders and inspect the pipe before it is placed in the ground, to me this is nothing more than negligence on TransCanada's part.

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Nov-13-13 10:32 PM

There is no reason a state cannot have both a an impact fee and a severance tax. Many states do and none of them are so well positioned as PA in terms of short distances ( reduced pipeline transportation costs) to the major cold weather gas markets in the northeast US and Ontario. Wake up Sun-Gazette, people are getting tired of PA politicans being taken by the gas industry.

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Nov-13-13 10:07 PM


I couldn't find where they were fined.

TransCanada's pipeline contractor should not be using unqualified welders. The contractor should be ensuring they pass the welding procedures before being allowed on the job. Occasionally a qualified welder can have some bad welds and that is why TransCanada would hire a radiographic company to inspect the welds and ensure the welding is acceptable. If a weld does not pass, it needs to either be repaired or cut-out.

Concerning dents, they can happen during transportation to site or handling. The construction contractor should be ensuring they are properly padding the ditch and surrounding the pipe with a sorted/screened fill so that rocks are not against the pipe. It is not uncommon to patch the coating to ensure good integrity.

The contractor needs to be doing a better job. At least TransCanada is finding the problems and correcting them before putting it into service.

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Nov-13-13 2:49 PM

No I did not, I will check it out. Did you see the story on the sun "No tax increase for property owners in Richmond Township" where ACT 13 money will go to a meeting room for the supervisors

"There currently is $308,000 in the Act 13 impact fee account, Kotulka said.

That money will 'go into the capital reserve for now until the supervisors decide on the meeting room, which will come out of that.'"

What a wise use of ACT 13 money.

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Nov-13-13 1:46 PM

Did anyone watch the CBS News last night? There are new warnings of potential problems with the Keystone pipeline.

TransCanada was fined for not hiring "Qualified" welders and dents in the pipes, they were made to dig up the pipes and repair them so again they were caught doing things that are illegal.

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Nov-13-13 1:40 PM

Thank you to all the gas companies we as a community are relying on you to balance our budgets much like a lot if 3rd generation and 4 th generation welfare recipients rely on the democrats not to cut their programs in trade for their votes

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Nov-12-13 11:26 AM

And pinecr I see no where in my comment where I said anything about roads being repaired did you just make this up? Oops no it's how the dems do things just put words in others mouths

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Nov-12-13 11:23 AM

Yes pinecr and why haven't they been fixed with the money that is being taken from gas? Because it's being wasted on everything but just like gaming revenue that was supposed to abolish property taxes like that pig rendell said it would never happened its time for our voted officials to use the money earmarked for what it is intended not some sewer in town and ps pinecr your comment about ghost town and slum well it was already here long before the first gas well was drilled just check past newspaper articles dating 15 years ago it's not hard

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Nov-12-13 10:37 AM

I will take my chances and bet that developing the eighth largest gas find in the world will go way further than tourism around here anyday.

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Nov-12-13 10:18 AM

What has the gas industry done to you to make you so sour towards the inevitable? List them out, i really want to know.

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Nov-12-13 8:33 AM

The global movement to ban fracking is huge, stong, and growing daily. Soon it will be an non-issue.

Fracking or tourism, you can't have them both.

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Nov-11-13 9:43 AM

Garben78, no need to worry about all of the hotels, etc. that are being built because of the gas money, they will turn them into section 8 housing and the City will become a slum like other cities and the rest will be a ghost town. It happens everywhere the gas industry has already been.

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Nov-11-13 9:41 AM

Who are you kidding...the severance tax was the right approach and the gas industry would have been paying so much more. And don't say roads have been improved unless you mean roads that are not in the gas drilling areas...then I would have to agree with you, but no roads that I travel close to the gas drilling areas have been improved, including Route 44 North. Oh, now wait, you might mean putting up highway signs that say 45 mph just so the gas trucks can go 65 mph...yep that was an improvement.

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Nov-10-13 5:22 PM

Thank you to all the gas companies for your donation to the poverty stricken and poorly managed cash strapped areas in Pennsylvania your money means a lot unfortunately in about 10 years when our area that was getting 8 million will be getting about 800,000 I hope we can come up with a new tax to keep what we are spending the money on to keep it going

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