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Vans to be converted to natural gas fuel
By: WJAC Web Staff
CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. -- A contract with Clean Vehicle Solutions was approved by the Board of Commissioners to compress natural gas fuel from four vans.
Half of the funding is to come from the state and the other half is to come from the county. The total cost of the conversion is to be around $105,000.
"The county portion will be paid for by using Act 13 Marcellus shale impact fee money," said Vice Chair Board of Commissioners Chris Exarchos.
"Well extend the life of these vehicles because natural gas engines tend to last longer," said Exarchos. "Adding that the fuel burns cleaner, this will help the environment."
Exarchos said the county is to save about $1 per gallon on fuel costs after the vehicles are converted which will be paid off in two to three years. He said it allows for reinvestment into the industry and helps the county become more efficient by using the Act 13 money.
"This project is to start within the next couple of months," said Exarchos. We would like to continue this process but we have to wait on grants in order to be able to fund the project.