Pennsylvania DEP Announces Natural Gas Vehicle Seminar on Oct. 16 in Erie County

MEADVILLE, Pa., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a Natural Gas Vehicle seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, to help municipal and commercial fleet owners make informed decisions about converting their fleets to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas.

The seminar, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be at the Convention Center at 1 Sassafras Pier in Erie. Vendors interested in setting up an exhibit at this or future seminars are encouraged to sign up through DEP's website.

"With all of Act 13, but with this program in particular, Governor Corbett and the legislature have captured for us the tremendous opportunity we have with our own home-grown natural gas to displace OPEC as the primary fuel supplier for Pennsylvania's and America's vehicles," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "These seminars will inform local governments and businesses about how they can do their part in making America energy-secure by taking advantage of a fuel found right here in Pennsylvania that is abundant, clean-burning and inexpensive."

Act 13 of 2012 authorized DEP to create and implement a Natural Gas Energy Development program to distribute up to $20 million in grants over the next three years to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.

In addition to the Oct. 16 session, half-day seminars are also confirmed for:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Lycoming County;
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Radisson Hotel in Valley Forge, Montgomery County;
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Lackawanna County Center for Public Safety in Jessup; and
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Towanda Fire Hall in Bradford County.

To see a complete list of seminar dates and confirmed locations, and to register for any of the events as an attendee or vendor, visit and click on the Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program button.

Media contact: Gary Clark, 814-332-6615

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection