Tioga County is normally known for its quiet serenity and understated economic activity.
But the natural gas industry has changed a lot of the ongoing atmosphere.
The Tioga County Commissioners reported last week that the state impact fee on the industry will be based on 456 natural gas wells drilled in the county through the end of 2011.
That will create about $6 million in revenue to be distributed among Tioga County municipalities, according to preliminary estimates.
Frankly, we wish it were more. We wish the impact fee legislation would have been weighted a little more heavily toward the municipalities.
But $6 million is a big boost toward paying for some of the infrastructure needs brought on by the industry's activity. And let's not ever forget what the industry has done to Tioga County's employment picture, which hasn't been this healthy in a long while.