Fayette County OKs plan for Marcellus shale fee use
Two Fayette commissioners approved a plan Tuesday that allocates a portion of the county's 2013 Marcellus Shale impact fee money to its 24 townships.
Smaller amounts will go to other entities: volunteer fire departments and the county airport will receive 4 percent each; Fayette County Redevelopment Authority will receive 3 percent; Fayette Chamber of Commerce, 2 percent; and Connellsville Chamber of Commerce and Fayette County Community Action, 1 percent each.
Commissioner Vincent Zapotosky introduced the plan, which passed with support from Commissioner Al Ambrosini. Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink did not attend the meeting.
Speaking on behalf of the townships, Menallen Supervisor Joe Petrucci estimated that based on the county's $1.4 million Act 13 allocation, each township will receive between $5,500 and $6,000. The amount is less than the $10,000 per township that supervisors had requested.
Petrucci said townships need the money to repair roads damaged by increased truck traffic from the natural gas drilling.
He questioned the decision to give a share of the money to agencies that do not appear to be directly impacted by the industry.
“It's called an impact fee for a reason,” Petrucci said. “It's to make those communities whole that are adversely impacted by Marcellus shale drilling.”
Muriel Nuttal, executive director of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, said she works daily with area businesses that are directly impacted by drilling. Her agency, she said, helps connect businesses to the industry.
“But there's nothing more important than keeping roads safe for travel, and if you don't have roads, you don't have business,” Petrucci said.
Zapotosky and Ambrosini said the money that is available for distribution is limited because the state has an impact fee, as opposed to a production fee.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Frazier School Board chews over possibilities for Central Elementary
- War display planned during Dunbar Fest
- Director: Connellsville Senior Center is open for business
- Dunbar Township man shares his love of the Mustang
- Frazier educator awarded as 1st runner-up for National Teacher of Year
- Leisenring Presbyterians set monthly food distribution
- Connellsville tech center names homecoming queen