Murt Issues Statement on Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Legislation
HARRISBURG – Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery) issued this statement following Thursday’s passage of House Bill 1950 which would impose an impact fee and address a number of issues related to natural gas drilling in the Marcellus/Utica shales:

“While I am unhappy that the House chose not to consider my legislation that would dedicate funds from Marcellus Shale drilling to education and programs to help those with special needs, this bill remains a solid first step.

“I’m pleased that House Bill 1950 gives the Environmental Stewardship Fund a dedicated source of funding. This program has been key to saving park land and open space.

“House Bill 1950 also provides money to the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund. That’s a major improvement.”

“I’m also pleased that the bill also protects local communities’ drinking water by increasing the setback requirements to keep wells away from streams and water wells, while making sure drillers have a water management plan backed by the Department of Environmental Protection.”

“I do wish the impact fee was high enough to fund the state programs hurt by the recent budget cuts, but I believe we will revisit this issue.

“The Senate must still act. We will get another shot at making this a better bill.”

State Representative Thomas Murt
152nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Rep. Murt’s Office 
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