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Centre County receives more than $500,000 in drilling fees from state

Centre County received more than $500,000 in 2014 from natural gas drilling in the county.
Centre County received more than $500,000 in 2014 from natural gas drilling in the county.

Centre County received more than $500,000 in 2014 from natural gas drilling in the county.

According to a report released by the state Public Utility Commission, Centre County and its municipalities received a total of $526,118 through Act 13 funding. This total is divided among the county and the municipalities.

Centre County government received $299,421, which historically is spent on 911 services and geographic information system mapping, Commissioner Michael Pipe said.

The remaining $226,696 was distributed among the municipalities of the county, the report said. Burnside and Snow Shoe townships typically get the most, Pipe said, as they have active wells within their borders. The remaining municipalities are awarded funds based on a formula that factors in population, road miles and other elements.

Burnside and Snow Shoe were awarded $66,648 and $59,264 respectively.

These funds are typically spent on road projects, Pipe said.

“We’re still seeing the effects on the municipalities that have seen the drilling,” he said. “This money, they really need to have it to offset some of the effects.”

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