Welcome to the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Oil and Gas Focus website. Due to the volume and timeliness of the information, we are providing an entire website devoted to this topic.
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NEW PUC Announces 2013 Impact Fee Municipal Distributions
(June 13, 2013) The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today published to its website the disbursements to county and municipal governments under Act 13, the Unconventional Natural Gas Impact Fee. A breakdown of the payments to county and municipal governments, specifics on how much money was collected and comparisons to 2011 data is available on the Act 13/Impact Fee webpage. Click the link and then click “reports” to see the information. The website includes graphical data analyses including the top paying producers, well count breakdowns and top receiving counties and local governments.
NEW Check out our new Grants page detailing all Act 13 grants, including 2013 Marcellus Legacy Fund distributions. Please see the “Grants” tab at the top of the page or click here.
PUC Act 13 Impact Fee Usage Forms for 2012 due April 15, 2013
(February 22, 2013) The PUC has established April 15th as the due date for Act 13 Impact Fee Usage Reports. These reports are required under Act 13 to ensure the proper usage of the impact fees. To read more information on the 13 allowable uses of impact fees and to download the form, please click here.
A Research Guide to the Marcellus and Utica Shales
(March 5, 2013) A project of Carnegie Mellon, the PA State Association of Boroughs, and the Chrostwaite Institute to catalog the literature on natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing in order to help policymakers and researchers comprehend the existing research on this topic and identify issues for further study. Click here to continue.
PUC Announces Impact Fee Municipal Distributions
(October 15, 2012) Governor Tom Corbett today announced the total revenue that will be distributed by the PUC under Act 13′s natural gas impact fee. PUC Chairman Rob Powelson stated the checks will be in the mail within 10 days. You may read breakdown for each municipality and county here:
Commonwealth Court Strikes Down Zoning Provisions of Act 13
On Thursday July 26, 2012 the Commonwealth Court issued its ruling in Robinson Township, et al v. Commonwealth of PA, et al on the constitutionality of Act 13. The court ruled most of Chapter 33 (Zoning for Oil & Gas) is unconstitutional as it would deprive due process rights. Governor Corbett immediately announced the Commonwealth will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court and asked for an expedited review. Click here to read the decision by the Commonwealth Court.
Attorney Jeffrey J. Norton, Esq. summary of the Commonwealth Court’s decision. Summary provided by Eckert Seamans Attorneys at Law. Act 13 Commonwealth Court Case Summary on Zoning
PSAB Act 13 Model Zoning Ordinance PSAB and Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC have teamed up to provide municipal officials with a sample zoning ordinance to comply with Act 13.
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