Impact fee money from charges assessed against unconventional gas drillers operating in Pennsylvania is about to be distributed by the state for the second time.
The Public Utility Commission, which is charged with collecting and distributing the money, says impact fees in 2012 totaled $202.4 million, down slightly from $204.2 million taken in during the first year of the levy, 2011.
A total of more than $119,000 will be distributed to Venango County, with $72,000 headed to county funds, and the rest going to individual eligible municipalities, with the amounts ranging from $14,000 for Richland Township to $34 for Barkeyville.
Other distribution totals include about $308,000 to Clarion County, $281,000 to Forest County, $94,000 to Crawford County and $71,000 to Warren County.
Sixty percent of the impact fee money collected each year is distributed to counties and communities affected by unconventional drilling. The use of the money is regulated, but it can be used for environmental programs, job training, public safety, road projects and agricultural preservation, among other purposes.