A state board that controls about $17 million in impact fee money collected from shale gas drillers in Pennsylvania has failed to meet since September, holding up distribution of grants to nonprofits and government agencies.
The delay jeopardizes projects targeting a range of environmental impacts: from abandoned mine and gas well remediation and flood prevention to trail construction and water testing.
“It has an effect on how quickly and fully we can have our center open and the benefits it will bring to the city,” said Scott Roller, a communications manager at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, which asked for $250,000 toward the building of the Frick Environmental Center. It also is seeking nearly $300,000 for a stormwater capture project at McKinley Park and $250,000 to rehab a fountain at Allegheny Commons.
The seven-member Commonwealth Financing Authority, part of…