Governor Wolf Announces Approval for 227 Community Improvement, Transportation, and Environmental Protection Projects
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced 227 new project approvals made through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA): 115 projects using funds collected from the impact fee on unconventional gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and 112 Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) projects in support of community revitalization, transportation improvement and environmental protection.
“Part of our responsibility for drilling in the Marcellus Shale is to make sure we use a portion of the revenue collected from impact fees to protect the areas and communities where the drilling takes place,” Governor Wolf said. “The Multimodal Transportation Fund and Act 13 projects approved during today’s CFA meeting help us remain good stewards of the environment while we provide targeted improvement to sidewalks, streets, intersections, bridges, recreational trails, and other assets to improve the safety and quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.”
The MTF was established to ensure the availability of safe and reliable transportation access in communities throughout the commonwealth. The 112 MTF projects approved today are in 36 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Delaware, Franklin, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland, and York. The total funding amount was $59 million.
A complete list of Multimodal Transportation Fund projects approved at today’s CFA meeting can be found here.
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. The act stipulates that a portion of the fee revenue will be transferred to the CFA for statewide initiatives that will include abandoned mine drainage abatement, abandoned well plugging, sewage treatment, greenways, trails and recreation, baseline water quality data, watershed restoration, and flood control.
The 115 Act 13 projects approved today are in 43 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Union, Venango, Washington, Wayne, and Westmoreland. The total funding amount was $15.7 million.
The projects are designated for specific initiatives as follows:
- Flood Mitigation: 13 projects approved; $2,994,521 total
- Greenways, Trails and Recreation: 83 projects approved; $9,992,829 total
- Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging: Three projects approved; $657,503 total
- Sewage Facilities: Four projects approved; $125,147 total
- Watershed Restoration and Protection: 12 projects approved; $1,930,000 total
- A complete list of Act 13 projects approved at today’s CFA meeting can be found here.
J.J. Abbott, Governor’s Office, 717.783.1116
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132