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Act 13 Grants To Fund Philadelphia’s First Public CNG Station

A CNG fueling station in Towanda.

Marie Cusick/ StateImpact Pennsylvania

A CNG fueling station in Towanda.

The state Department of Environmental Protection has announced new grant awards going to support the expansion of compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation.

“These grants will help to diversify our vehicle fleet, while expanding the use of natural gas produced right here in Pennsylvania,” Governor Corbett said in a statement.

McAneny Brothers Inc. of Cambria County will receive  $173,307 to buy eight CNG vehicles.

Lehigh Gas Wholesale LLC will get $391,445 to buy or convert 35 vehicles to run on natural gas. The company will partner with United Parcel Service, Mid-Atlantic AAA, Lehigh Gas and Philadelphia Gas Works.

Plans include opening the first public CNG fueling station in the City of Philadelphia. There are currently about two dozen stations statewide.

Under the state’s year-old Act 13 law regulating gas drilling, $20 million was set aside for grants to promote CNG use over a three year span.

A second round of grants will open up this fall. The money should be awarded by next spring.

Lynda Rebarchak is a DEP spokeswoman who says the next round of money will be targeted toward local municiaplties.

“That’s the final round where money is specifically set aside for local transportation, like school buses or garbage trucks,” she says.

This round of funding also included $64,752 from the federal Department of Energy.

The DEP has a separate program which provides $10 million for alternative fuel vehicles, including CNG, propane, and electric vehicles.


  • jimcolby08318

    You know what needs to be invested in along with the creation CNG stations is an ‘APP’ to show where these place are located, especially along the East Coast to the Mississippi. think about it. I was just looking at a 2014 Ford F150 that is a CNG truck, but I’m hesitant to buy it because of the lack of refill sations. WAWA should be involved in this too. And Sheetz as well. And every big Truck Station too.

  • SusieQ The Dept of Energy has a website that identifies alt fuel refueling stations across the country.

  • Walt Mcdonald

    But bucks county will be polluted.

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