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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Unconventional Gas Well Fund

  • The Wayne County Conservation District talked about the Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) during their meeting Wednesday.
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  • -The Wayne County Conservation District talked about the Unconventional Gas Well Fund (UGWF) during their meeting Wednesday.
    The block grant distribution will be done by the PUC around the beginning of December to county Conservation Districts as follows: $18,939.39 for 2011, $37,878.79 for 2012 and $56,818.18 for 2013.
    The money for 2011 will be distributed retroactively. Block grants are one half of the total revenue and the rest is distributed based on six conditions relating to the impacts in a particular county.
    The funds coming in are exceeding estimates of $200 million. Districts have to report their use of the funds with an itemization and explanation of how they were used.
    A portion of the $200 million is set aside for Conservation Districts, then half of that allotted amount is split between the districts equally. The rest is given as stated above.
    Resource Enhancement and Protection Program
    Ten million dollars in tax credits were available. All livestock operations will need to have at least a manure management plan to meet Chapter 91 requirements. The plan itself is an eligible item for tax credits.
    There are still around $4 million in tax credits available for proposed BMPs. Contact John Berger at (717) 772-4189 or Roy Richardson at (717) 772-4187 with questions. Amy Smith, the program director, is on extended medical leave until mid-October.
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