Knowles and Tobash Support Marcellus Shale Bill Passed by House
HARRISBURG – Legislation set to regulate and promote economic growth within Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry, while giving local governments the option of adopting an impact fee, was approved this week by the state House with the support of Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Schuylkill) and Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks).
“This week a consensus was reached, and although it is obvious that not everyone is going to believe that the bill is perfect, we are moving forward,” said Tobash. “We have passed a fee structure that will allow for the collection of additional revenue from the industry that will go primarily to areas where the industry is most active.”
This legislation will give the majority of the revenue collected from the impact fee to the areas that are affected by the drilling to repair roads and bridges and perform preventative maintenance. It also will provide funds to support water and sewer system construction, and emergency response training. The remaining money will be shared at the state level for similar initiatives, such as protecting infrastructure and the environment.
“Throughout years of debate on Marcellus Shale, my focus has been to protect taxpayers, our families, and our communities as we move forward and create jobs across Pennsylvania,” said Knowles. “Generations ago we failed to plan for the impacts similar industries have had on our communities. This legislation ensures we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past, protects taxpayers, and gives local communities resources they never had.”
The bill is now on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett to be signed into law.
State Representative Jerry Knowles
124th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
State Representative Mike Tobash
125th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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