Fayette County is taking matters into their own hands in regard to the Marcellus Shale drilling occurring in the area. County commissioners will hold a meeting to consider adopting an ordinance imposing impact fees on Marcellus Shale wells. The proposed ordinance was scheduled for a vote during Tuesday’s board meeting.
An impact fee, imposed by commissioners, is a fee charged to drillers for wells placed on the county land. Money is usually set to be split up based on a formula that uses the number of wells in each community or how close the community is to an active Marcellus well.
Governor Tom Corbett signed the Marcellus Shale Act 13 into law on February 14th with some provisions going into effect – then others becoming effective on April 14th. Act 13 creates a drilling impact fee and specifies how those fees are distributed. The fees generated can be used to cover the local impacts of drilling. A majority of the boards of the county’s 24 townships support Act 13.
While commissioners have not estimated how much revenue the fees will generate, the Tribune Review noted $6.9 million was generated in 2011. Of the $6.9, the county would receive $1.5 million. The amount going to each municipality will be based on the formula that calculates the number of wells in each area.