Governor Tom Corbett, joined by state and local officials, today
toured the Lycoming County Airport and discussed how Act 13 impact fee revenues
are assisting with a $13.6 million renovation project at the airport and with two new
housing projects in Williamsport.
"Just over a year ago, I signed Act 13 into law and the results are clear: every
Pennsylvanian is benefitting from Marcellus shale development," Corbett said.
"Natural gas means jobs, cleaner air and a secure energy portfolio. Pennsylvania is
showing the world how it's done, and Lycoming County has fast become an energy
hub in the northeastern United States."
Much of the infrastructure at the airport was built in 1947 and has struggled to
support a dramatic increase in recent years in the number of passengers flying in
and out of Williamsport. County officials are committing $1 million in impact fee
revenues to install additional passenger security screening capabilities, upgrade
infrastructure and expand the waiting area.
Lycoming County and Williamsport officials are also committing an additional
$570,000 in impact fee revenues for the construction of two housing projects. The
Memorial Homes Development Project will transform a vacant warehouse, a
brownfield formerly home to Brodart Manufacturing, into 74 mixed-income
dwellings for young professionals, natural gas workers and families. Another vacant
area, formerly the Harrison Brothers Meat Packing plant, will house a 32-unit
apartment complex for independent senior citizens.
Act 13 included the most significant revisions to the state's oil and gas law in nearly
thirty years. In addition to increasing setbacks from waterways, buildings and water
wells for unconventional well drilling, the law requires public disclosure of fracturing
fluid chemicals and granted guaranteed access to trade secret information for
medical health professionals. Most notably, the law assesses a fee on
unconventional wells drilled in the state. Revenues from the fee, which totaled $204
million last year, benefit both local governments in drilling areas and statewide
Federal labor data released in 2011 showed Williamsport to be the seventh fastest
growing metropolitan area in the nation. Lycoming County is one of the top
counties in Pennsylvania for both unconventional wells drilled and total natural gas