The Marcellus Shale Coalition has released a Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA)-authored report, NGV Roadmap for Pennsylvania Jobs, Energy Security and Clean Air. The report provides a comprehensive blueprint by which the Marcellus Shale can be effectively used to fuel a transition to clean burning natural gas vehicle fuel in the transportation sector, especially in the fuel-hungry heavy-duty market.
GNA’s NGV Roadmap report provides a development plan by which a comprehensive natural gas refueling infrastructure can be successfully established in the Pennsylvania transportation sector to support the replacement of heavy-duty diesel fleet vehicles with ones powered by natural gas. The report primarily focused on return to base fleet operations such as refuse collection, transit bus and other “low hanging fruit” that are the primary entry points for natural gas in transportation. By using a concentric circle approach, fueling infrastructure will eventually be linked in a corridor connecting the major metropolitan areas, including Philadelphia, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.
The report ultimately provides the roadmap by which the development of a “Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Corridor” (PCTC) can be further linked more regional natural gas fueling infrastructure development projects in the greater Northeastern region, including a new natural gas corridor development project in eastern Canada.
Key conclusions of the report are that the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Corridor will:
- Result in the addition of up to 17 new public access natural gas fueling stations in Pennsylvania to support the deployment of at least 850 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles;
- Result in more than $200 million in investment in Pennsylvania’s economy;
- Have a direct impact on more than 1,350 jobs in Pennsylvania;
- Save Pennsylvania fleet operators approximately $10 million in fuel costs annually;
- Yield more than $60 million in tax revenue for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and
- Reduce nitrogren oxides (NOx) emissions by 720 tons, particulate matter (PM) emissions by 14.5 tons, and greenhouse gas emissions by 21,000 metric tons each year.
“With natural gas selling for more than $2 a gallon less than diesel right now, and given President Obama’s National Clean Fleets Initiative, the timing of the report is terrific,” stated Erik Neandross, the primary author of the report and GNA’s Chief Executive Officer. “The future of natural gas transportation in this country is extremely bright; there is nothing but upside and this report will help lay the important initial groundwork for this imperative transformation to a more sustainable future that relies on domestic energy that is significantly more secure, has a lower environmental impact and will save the end-user significant sums of money on their fuel bill. Natural gas is just as much about red, white and blue as it is two shades of green.”
About the Marcellus Shale Coalition
Founded in 2008, the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) is an organization committed to the responsible development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale geological formation and the enhancement of the region’s economy that can be realized by this clean-burning energy source. Members of the coalition work with partners across the region to address issues with regulators, local, county, state and federal government officials and communities about all aspects of producing clean-burning, job-creating natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.
The full report is available here.
This article compiled using information from a GNA press release.