James Supports Natural Gas Bills Approved by Finance Committee

HARRISBURG – Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) and his colleagues on the House Finance Committee today approved three bills that would increase the use of natural gas as a fuel source for cars and trucks in Pennsylvania.

“Every vehicle powered by natural gas is another vehicle that is not dependent on foreign oil,” James said.  “By using our homegrown energy sources like natural gas, we can promote job creation right here in the Commonwealth.  Building natural gas fueling stations and vehicle engines that run on natural gas will create good-paying jobs right here in Pennsylvania.”

James and the Finance Committee approved House Bill 309, which would provide a tax credit to taxpayers who purchase large natural gas-powered vehicles.  The Commonwealth would provide a total of $30 million per year through this program.

The group also approved House Bill 305, which would establish certain highways in Pennsylvania – including Interstate 79 and Interstate 80 – as natural gas corridors.  The bill would provide a tax credit to companies within two miles of the interstates that either build a new fueling station with natural gas capabilities or add a natural gas fueling station to an existing gas station.  The total for this tax credit would be $5 million.

“We need vehicles that run on natural gas and we also need fueling stations where those vehicles can fill up,” James said.  “If there’s no filling station, there’s no reason for customers to buy the vehicles.  If there are no natural gas-powered vehicles, there’s no reason to build the fueling stations.  This package of legislation addresses both sides of this issue.”

The third bill – House Bill 301 – would provide a tax credit for Pennsylvania companies that transition their vehicle fleets from gasoline or diesel to natural gas-powered vehicles.  This tax credit would be capped at $25 million.

“We have an abundant, clean-burning energy source right below our feet in Pennsylvania,” James said.  “We need to continue to look for ways to encourage the production and use of this homegrown energy source and the jobs these activities will provide.”

The bills now head to the full House for consideration.

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Dan Massing
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