‘Marcellus Works’ Proposal to Promote Clean Energy Growth

House Majority Whip Stan Saylor (R-York) and members of the House Republican Caucus today unveiled a package of legislation called “Marcellus Works,” which is designed to secure Pennsylvania’s energy future and create thousands of new jobs by creating incentives for the use of the clean natural gas, which is plentiful in Pennsylvania’s large Marcellus Shale formation, as a vehicle fuel. 

“It has been estimated that the development of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale will create tens of thousands of jobs,” said Saylor.  “But extracting the natural gas represents only half of the job creating potential.  Using this clean burning and domestic resource will unlock the key to the other half.  That is where our plan comes in.” 

The “Marcellus Works” plan includes: 

  • House Bill 1083 – Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) – Creates tax credits for private fleet vehicles in order to lessen incremental cost of natural gas vehicles.
  • House Bill 1084 – Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) – Creates a grant program available to smaller mass transit agencies to cover the incremental cost of natural gas buses.
  • House Bill 1085 – Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) – Creates a revolving loan program available to large mass transit agencies to cover the incremental cost of natural gas buses.
  • House Bill 1086 – Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver) – Requires 25 percent of all new bus purchases made by large mass transit agencies (SEPTA, PAT, Lehigh) in 2012-16 run on natural gas; 50 percent in 2017-2021; 75 percent in 2021-2026; and 100 percent in 2027.
  • House Bill 1087 – Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster) – Creates a natural gas corridor tax credit to encourage the construction of natural gas fueling stations along travel corridors (I-76, I-78, I-79, I-80, I-81, and I-83).
  • House Bill 1088 – Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford) – dedicates the Alternative Fuel Incentive Fund to provide grants to municipalities, schools, and the private sector for the purchase of natural gas vehicles.
  • House Bill 1089 – Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) – Repeals California Air Resources Board (CARB) section 2030 to eliminate costly duplication of EPA and CARB certifications for natural gas vehicles.  

“This plan is truly a win-win for everyone,” Saylor added.  “This is an opportunity for Pennsylvania to take the lead on clean energy and it is an opportunity for Pennsylvania to encourage the development and growth of small businesses and the much-needed jobs they will bring. We have a wonderful opportunity to grow our economy and ensure a clean energy future for future generations.  We cannot squander it.” 

For more information on the “Marcellus Works” plan visit MarcellusWorks.net.  

State Representative Stan Saylor
94th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Sean Yeakle

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