James Lauds $100,000 State Grant for Local Business as Step Toward Energy Independence

SENECA – State Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) today lauded a $100,000 state grant recently awarded to McKissick Trucking Inc. in Venango County, which will enable the company to purchase five liquid natural gas tanker trucks, as a step toward energy independence.

“If we are going to decrease our dependence on foreign energy sources, we need a viable homegrown alternative,” James said.  “Natural gas can serve that role.  Pennsylvania is home to some of the world’s largest natural gas reserves.  It makes sense to use our own energy assets instead of relying on foreign resources.”

The grants were made possible through Act 13 of 2012, which implemented an impact fee on natural gas harvested in Pennsylvania.  The revenue generated by the fee is split among local communities, counties and the Commonwealth.  Funding for the McKissick Trucking Inc. grant came from the Commonwealth’s share of impact fee revenue.

“I am pleased to see a portion of the state revenues returning here to our local community to invest in natural gas-powered vehicles,” James said.  “Every gallon of liquid natural gas that these trucks use will be a gallon of foreign oil that America won’t have to import from regions that don’t like us very much.”

James is currently serving his first term as a state representative and was not a member of the General Assembly when the impact fee was voted into law.

Representative Lee James
64th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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