Local Counties to Receive Millions from Drilling

By Dave Greber

October 15, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM EDT

Harrisburg, PA (WBNG Binghamton) While hundreds descended on Albany Monday to rally for gas drilling in New York, county leaders south of the border were lauding millions of dollars they're set to receive from taxes from last year's natural gas drilling operations.

The state of Pennsylvania Monday announced it will distribute more than $200 million from a state tax fund collected from natural gas drilling companies.

Locally, Bradford County is set to receive the most with nearly $8.4 million, and a number of communities within Bradford to see up to $500,000.

Susquehanna County will receive $3.9 million, and Tioga County will receive more than $4.7 million.

State law requires the money collected from the gas impact fee to be used for specific purposes including construction projects for roads and bridges, water and sewer system repairs and training for emergency services, among others.