Press Release via Majority Whip Stan Saylor
TO: William E. Freeman, Coordinator-Chesapeake Energy
FROM: Shelley Lindner, Director of Legislation
DATE: April 19, 2013
RE: Press Conference Event- April 24, 2013
The Honorable Majority Whip, Representative Stan Saylor is coordinating a press event on April 24, 2013, to launch the House Republican Marcellus Works Package. The package is aimed at cleaning up the environment, creating jobs, and utilizing our own natural resources (natural gas) to work toward energy independence.
The press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. behind the Capitol building on Commonwealth Avenue near the fountain. Prior to the start of the press conference, we are asking for natural gas vehicles to be parked on Commonwealth Avenue. Because the roadway will be closed off for the event starting at 10:00 a.m., please have the vehicles in place prior to the closing of the roadway. Meanwhile, inside the Capitol building at the East Wing Atrium we will be having displays set up showing the industrial businesses associated with natural gas. At this time, we are encouraging upfitters, original equipment manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, waste fleet companies, school districts, retailers, transit agencies, universities, gas station construction workers, and others to participate in the event.
The package contains:
Representative Stan Saylor (House Bill 301)- Creates a tax credit for private fleet vehicles in order to lessen the incremental cost of natural gas vehicles.
Representative Dan Moul (House Bill 302)- Establishes the Keystone Transit grant program available to small and medium sized mass transit agencies to cover the incremental cost of transitioning to natural gas buses.
Representative Kathy Watson (House Bill 303)- Creates a revolving loan program available to large mass transit agencies to cover the incremental cost of natural gas buses.
Representative Jim Marshall (House Bill 304)- Requires certain large mass transit agencies (SEPTA, PAT and Lehigh) to purchase buses that meet certain criteria within a specific implementation schedule.
Representative Gordon Denlinger (House Bill 305)- Creates a natural gas corridor tax credit which incentivizes the construction of natural gas fueling stations along an eligible corridor (I-76, I-78, I-79, I-80, I-81, I-83 and I-95).
Representative Tina Pickett (House Bill 306)- Dedicates the Alternative Fuels Incentive Fund to grants to municipalities, schools and the private sector for the purchase of natural gas vehicles.
Representative Eli Evankovich (House Bill 307)- Repeals CARB section 2030 in order to eliminate the costly duplicity of both EPA and CARB certifications for natural gas vehicles.
Representative Stan Saylor (House Bill 308)- Requires a portion of the financial resources in the Clean Air Fund to be utilized for the provision of grants for natural gas vehicles.
Representative Seth Grove (House Bill 309)- Establishes a 3-year program, the Natural Gas Vehicle Tax Credit, to provide incentives for Pennsylvania businesses to purchase heavy-duty natural gas vehicles.