Sources: Corbett will announce marcellus shale bill Monday

    Pen­cil it in: Mon­day is Shale Day.

    Accord­ing to mul­ti­ple Capi­tol sources, Gov­er­nor Tom Cor­bett will unveil his pro­posal for a broad Mar­cel­lus Shale bill on Mon­day. The details are still fuzzy, but the leg­is­la­tion would include a local impact fee on nat­ural gas drillers.

    Cor­bett has promised to avoid tax increases dur­ing his tenure as gov­er­nor, but he’s come around on the idea of a local­ized fee, that would direct money to drilling-related efforts. He spelled out his think­ing dur­ing a recent Philadel­phia radio interview:

    [Cor­bett] said the funds would not go into the gen­eral state bud­get, but would be used pri­mar­ily to com­pen­sate com­mu­ni­ties where drilling is tak­ing place for the dam­age to their roads and bridges from heavy truck traf­fic, and other neg­a­tive impact.

    “The pri­mary amount of money — a huge amount of money — will go to the coun­ties; and let the coun­ties work with the munic­i­pal­i­ties,” Cor­bett told WPHT host Dom Gior­dano. “What comes to the state, in my mind, will be used exclu­sively for the and will be used for envi­ron­men­tal cleanup.”

    The administration’s pro­posal is based on rec­om­men­da­tions made by Corbett’s Mar­cel­lus Shale Advi­sory Com­mis­sion, which released its report more than two months ago.

    Both Cor­bett and Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Pro Tem Joe Scar­nati have said they want a bill passed by year’s end. That will be tough to pull off, with just 24 sched­uled ses­sion days remain­ing in the House, and 17 in the Senate.

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