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Everett and DCNR to Host First House Committee Hearing on Marcellus Shale Impact Fee

The House Finance Committee will hold the first in a series of public hearings on proposals to impose an impact fee on Marcellus Shale gas drillers at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Office in Waterville, Lycoming County, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today announced. 

“There has been a lot of talk and reporting on the topic of placing impact fees on Marcellus Shale drillers, and much of it has been inaccurate,” said Everett. “This is the intelligent way to go about getting information on proposals that have been put forward by various members of the Legislature. I am pleased to have the hearing in my district, and to take part in, what will be a very informative and lively discussion on this issue. I welcome my colleague, Representative Kerry Benninghoff, chairman, and the committee members as well. This issue must be examined and discussed in-depth so that the proper decisions can be made to help our Commonwealth work with this industry.” 

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Lycoming County DCNR facility located at 10 Lower Pine Bottom Road in Waterville. 

In addition to the hearing, DCNR staff will take members of the committee and its staff on a tour of active drilling sites, roads being used to access sites, pipelines under construction, water impoundments and compressor stations to view some of the impacts of the development. 

Included in the hearing will be presentations from local officials, environmental and industry groups as well as lawmakers who have put some of the plans forward.

Everett says the rush to pass a Marcellus Shale tax or fee prior to the budget finalization was poorly done, and that this is the preferred method to advance the issue. 

“The rush to judgment on the Marcellus Shale issue in the two months prior to the enactment of the budget resembled a haphazard push to merely get something passed,” said Everett. “The logical way to go about examining this issue is through this series of hearings, and taking into consideration the upcoming report from the Marcellus Shale Commission. What is called for here is a deliberate and sensible approach that will benefit the Commonwealth. We can then take the debate up when we are back in full session in the fall, with the proper information and analysis in place.” 

State Representative Garth Everett
84th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Raymond Smith

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