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Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery counties to get Marcellus Shale impact fees

Published On: Jun 04 2014 02:16:55 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 04 2014 02:17:22 PM EDT

Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties will receive about $1.4 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees collected during 2013, according to State Rep. Justin Simmons.

Payments are being distributed to counties under a state law, Act 13, imposing impact fees on drilling companies extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale regions. The fees fluctuate based on the price of natural gas and rate of inflation.

"Even though Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties are not part of the Marcellus Shale formation, residents are still receiving a financial benefit as promised under Act 13," Simmons said in a news release. "The funding can be used in a variety of ways that improve our quality of life, including water system upgrades and road repairs."

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The counties will receive the payments July 1. Lehigh will get $340,418, Northampton 286,776 and Montgomery $774,718.