A Harmony Township trucking company has been awarded a state grant toward the purchase and conversion to trucks that run on natural gas.
DEP awarded the grant to purchase 20 compressed natural gas tractor-trailer trucks.
The funding was provided through Act 13 of 2012 which updated the state's Oil and Gas Law and created the Natural Gas Energy Development program, funded by impact fees paid by natural gas operators.
The program will distribute up to $20 million in grants over three years, to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.
"The natural gas industry has been prospering over the last few years in Pennsylvania," Matzie said in a news release. “It is good to see some funds from that success return to Beaver County.”
Beemac Trucking was also awarded a $469,292 state grant last year toward the compressed natural gas refueling facility the company is building on two acres at Duss Avenue and Legionville Road.
Glenn Angus, president of the Harmony commissioners, said the filling station will service both the company and the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The station won't have an attendant, but will have a credit card payment system, Angus said. Construction is expected to be completed this year.
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