Sonney Supports Natural Gas Vehicle Legislation
3/14/2012
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) is co-sponsoring legislation which would encourage the use of natural gas vehicles in Pennsylvania. House Bill 2251 was introduced this week at a news conference at the state Capitol.

“We are now facing another spike in the price of filling up at the pump, and there is talk of $5 a gallon gasoline,” Sonney said. “This legislation moves to break our ‘addiction’ to foreign oil by promoting the use of natural gas, which is in abundant supply here in Pennsylvania.”

House Bill 2251 would allocate $6 million per year for five years from the Clean Air Fund to pay for a grant program which encourages use of natural gas vehicles, as well as expands Pennsylvania’s system of compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations.

“Only one of the seven existing CNG stations (Washington County) is not in the southeastern or southcentral portion of the state,” added Sonney. “This bill figures to provide easier access to these filling stations for the people of Erie County.”

The legislation would benefit businesses such as Knox Western of Erie, which manufactures compressors for use in CNG vehicle fueling. Additionally, businesses will be offered incentives to convert their vehicle fleets to natural gas under this bill, which also favors the environment and individual consumers.

“Natural gas prices are at an all-time low, thanks to an overabundance of supply,” said Sonney. “Moving away from gasoline puts more money in Pennsylvanians’ wallets, lowers the cost of doing business in Pennsylvania for companies that switch their fleets to natural gas, and is environmentally friendly by significantly lowering emissions.”

State Representative Curt Sonney
4th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Scott Little
slittle@pahousegop.com
717.260.6137
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