Marcellus co-op announces public hearing

Posted July 28, 2011

Observer Reporter

The Marcellus Municipal Co-op will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Canon-McMillan High School to solicit testimony on local impact fees.

Among those testifying are Kathryn Klaber, Marcellus Shale Coalition; Sharon Ward, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Elizabeth Stelle, Commonwealth Foundation; Andrew Heath, Renew Growing Greener Coalition; and a representative from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

The public is invited to attend the event, which also will include an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing.

"We want to raise awareness about local impact fees and gather input on how this fee should be structured, because right now it's the most politically feasible option for local municipalities to mitigate the impact from drilling," said state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil. "Governor Corbett said he will not support a severance tax but would consider an impact fee, which could pay for local infrastructure needs and environmental concerns, while still supporting the economic growth created by the natural gas industry."

White organized the MMC earlier this year, which is comprised of 18 local municipalities spanning three counties, to work on issues related to the natural gas drilling of the Marcellus Shale.

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