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October 30, 2012

Shale Boom, Part 3: Drilling work generates tourism, conservation dollars

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NEW CASTLE — CONSERVATION FUNDS

County conservation district revenues from shale will come from state money to be divided and allocated annually to county conservation districts, director JoAnn McCready explained.

Half that pot will be distributed by the PUC directly to conservation districts, she said.

The district’s 2011 allocation is $18,939, which it will receive in December. Then in July, the district is due to receive another $37,878 for 2012.

In 2014, the district will receive $56,818 from the 2013 year, and same amount the year after that, McCready said.

The other half of the state’s conservation money will go to the state conservation commission.

Locally, the county conservation district has not yet discussed what it will do with its Marcellus dollars, she said.

The money can be used for anything allowed under the conservation district law — including staffing, clean water projects and education, she said, adding, “we haven’t talked about specifics yet.”

The county learned earlier this month that it will receive $94,947 within the coming weeks as its share of Marcellus/Utica shale impact fees for wells drilled during 2011.

Its municipalities also will receive shares, with those that actually have wells and their contiguous municipalities receiving greater amounts.

Vogler predicts the county and municipalities will receive more revenue next year as more wells are drilled.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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