The state House of Representatives this week passed three bills intended to transition Pennsylvania’s oil-based transportation system to a system that uses more of the natural gas found right here in the state.
One measure would provide tax credits to those who purchase large natural gas-powered vehicles.
A second bill would establish “natural gas corridors” along state and national highways in Pennsylvania, and provide tax credits to a company within two miles of the roadways which either builds a new fueling station with natural gas pumps, or adds a pump that dispenses natural gas.
The third House measure would provide tax credits for Pennsylvania companies which transition their vehicle fleets to natural gas.
State Representative Lee James, from Oil City, said the measures represent a realistic way to move toward energy independence. He added they would lead to job creation in Pennsylvania “instead of on an oil derrick in a foreign desert.”