Borys Krawczeniuk of the Wilkes-Barre Citizen’s Voice covers Senator Casey’s recent visit to Pennsylvania during which he discussed his proposed legislation to help grow the natural gas industry.
“The scope of the energy opportunity we have has never been greater,” Casey said during a noon press conference after the meeting in the O’Hara Industrial Park at Linde Corp., a construction company active in the natural gas fields.
Almost a month ago, Casey introduced a bill that would create a pool of federal money that states could compete for to develop plans to encourage use of natural gas as a fuel and public and private spending on natural gas-powered vehicles and gas stations.
Under the bill, states would be awarded federal money depending on how much other public and private money will go into a state’s plan; how much the initiatives will meet needs unlikely to be met by the private sector; and how much money each state is putting up to encourage natural gas-powered transportation and gas stations.
“You have the federal government helping as a partner, but not dictating, allowing states to come up with their own strategy,” Casey said.”