Scarnati: Natural Gas Energy Development Impact Fee Grants Awarded

March 27, 2014

Businesses and organizations in the 25th Senatorial District will receive more than $798,000 in state Natural Gas Energy Development Program grants, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

The Natural Gas Energy Development Program was created as part of Act 13 of 2012, as a way to help promote economic development and energy independence, while protecting the environment.  The grants were part of $7.7 million in funding awarded across the state to 25 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas (CNG) for their heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

“These grants provide a significant investment in local businesses and organizations, which are important employers within our region,” Scarnati stated.  “Using heavy-duty vehicles that operate on natural gas will help us to utilize environmentally friendly energy made here in the United States, while keeping jobs in our community.”

According to Scarnati, a $498,220 grant is being awarded to “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems LP, Paris Companies and Advanced Disposal in Clearfield County, to convert five trucks to dual fuel and for the purchase of 20 CNG waste hauling trucks.

A total of $299,974 is also being awarded to Clinton County Solid Waste Authority and Wayne Township to convert 14 CNG vehicles for use at the Wayne Township Landfill.

Scarnati explained that the program is funded through revenue generated by the annual impact fee assessed on Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction.  The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and designed to help reduce Pennsylvania’s dependence on imported oil and improve air quality, by reducing vehicle emissions of carbon monoxide.

“Through the development of the Marcellus Shale industry, Pennsylvania has been given a tremendous opportunity to become a leader in energy advancement initiatives,” Scarnati said.  “I am pleased that the industry continues to provide family sustaining jobs within our region and that we continue to see benefits of the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee within our local communities.”

Over a total of three years, this program will make $20 million in grant funds available on a competitive basis, to purchase or convert eligible vehicles to natural gas.

More information on the Natural Gas Energy Development Program can be found on the DEP website.

CONTACT:    Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084