Centre County commissioners approve extending DEP grant

Centre County commissioners on Tuesday approved the extension of a state Department of Environmental Protection grant.

The grant funds the the Centre County Light Weight Natural Gas Vehicle Project, planning and community development office senior planner Sue Hannegan said. Existing partners include Ferguson and Patton townships and CATA, now joined by the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority and Penn State.

The grant was approved to June 30, 2016.

Hannegan also reported on the state of natural gas production in the county, saying 64 Marcellus Shale wells have been drilled in the county, about 25 of which are active. This is resulting in the expansion of pipelines to get the gas to the major distribution lines, increasing production from the county.

Superior Pipeline is extending a line through Snow Shoe Township, she said, following existing roads and strip mines to tap into a larger line that runs south to north through the county.

The county is partnering with SEDA-COG to target investment areas in the county that would be economically served by expanding distribution lines, she said, including Milesburg and Snow Shoe. Further discussion may provide natural gas to underserved areas by trucking gas into areas where lines cannot reach.