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Natural gas impact fees distributed through Lycoming County

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the sun shines through clouds above a shale gas drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. In a late gambit to win the battleground state of Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have intensified attacks on Joe Biden over fracking, hoping to drive a wedge between the former vice president and the white, working-class voters tied to the state's booming natural gas industry. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Natural gas impact fees continue to provide an economic boost for communities, including the City of Williamsport, which will receive $528,114, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Eight other communities also received various shares in the distribution, which included $234.4 million, which is up 60% over last year due to higher prices and greater levels of activity.

The distributions were a part of a notice by state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, serving the 83rd District.

Along with the city, 10 other communities will receive distributions:

• Armstrong Township, $18,962

• Clinton Township, $71,663

• DuBoistown Borough, $20,123

• Loyalsock Township, $237,633

• Montgomery Borough, $13,377

• Old Lycoming Township, $116,311

• South Williamsport Borough, $113,715

• Susquehanna Township, $9,352

• Woodward Township, $51,631

Under Act 13 of 2012, county and municipal governments directly affected by drilling will receive a total of $123.2 million for the 2021 reporting year.

This funding is used for a wide range of local infrastructure, emergency response, community and environmental programs.

Additionally, $86 million will be transferred to the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which provides financial support for environmental, highway, water and sewer, rehabilitation of greenways and other projects throughout the state.

Also, $25.1 million will be distributed to state agencies including the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, Fish and Boat Commission, County Conservation Districts and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

This year’s distributions bring the total revenues generated by the impact fee to $2.26 billion.

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