Gov. Tom Wolf Monday announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $14 million in funding to support 94 projects through six Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund programs designed to support conservation projects and environmental protection measures throughout Pennsylvania.
“Using fee revenue collected from unconventional gas wells, Act 13 supports statewide environmental projects – from flood control, to sewage treatment, to greenways, trails and recreation – that help improve, protect, and conserve Pennsylvania’s natural beauty and wellbeing,” said Gov. Wolf. “We anticipate a tremendous, positive impact that can be witnessed and shared by communities across the state as a result of these investments.”
The 94 projects approved today are located in 38 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mercer, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Westmoreland, counties.
The CFA approved the following for six of the Marcellus Legacy Fund programs at the October meeting:
-- Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment: 2 projects approved; $563,191 total
-- Flood Mitigation: 8 projects approved; $1,821,325 total
-- Greenways, Trails and Recreation: 68 projects approved; $9,182,299 total
-- Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging: 1 project approved; $130,00 total
-- Sewage Facilities: 4 projects approved; $141,647 total
-- Watershed Restoration and Protection: 11 projects approved; $2,161,538 total
Click Here for a list of approved projects.
The Marcellus Legacy Fund was created by Act 13 of 2012 to provide for the distribution of unconventional gas well impact fees to counties, municipalities, and commonwealth agencies.
To date, the fee has generated more than $1 billion to support local community initiatives.
The programs are administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Environmental Protection, under the direction of the CFA.
The announced deadlines coming up for other CFA funding programs are--
-- October 31-- CFA Small Water & Sewer Project Funding
-- January 1? -- CFA High Performance Buildings (60 days before next CFA meeting)
-- January 1? -- CFA Renewable Energy Program (60 days before next CFA meeting)
The next scheduled meeting of the CFA board is set for December 6.
For more information on funding available, visit the Commonwealth Financing Authority webpage.
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