Williamsport is right in the middle of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas boom. The city is looking to build a compressed natural gas fueling station on W. Third Street, at the River Valley Transit headquarters. The fueling station would become a destination for vehicles that run on compressed natural gas. Currently a gallon of compressed natural gas is about a 1/3 the price of gasoline.
Williamsport is working with Lafayette, LA. Lafayette has already converted their fleet vehicles to natural gas. Williamsport would like to convert all city vehicles to natural gas. Lafayette is sharing information with Williamsport, at no cost, as an educational tool. In addition to county vehicles, school district vehicles and businesses could benefit from gas-powered vehicles.
Williamsport has applied for many grants to make this fueling station a reality. Williamsport has the infrastructure for natural gas transmission to the new facility, if constructed. The fueling station would cost about $4 million. Depending on usage, the operator of the fueling station could even receive a percentage of the natural gas used.
Lycoming County Commissioner, Jeff Wheeland, also on the Governor’s Marcellus Shale Commission, Williamsport Mayor, Gabriel Campana, Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce CEO, Vincent Matteo and River Valley Transit GM and City Director of Administration Williams Nichols are all proponents of Williamsport looking for ways to benefit from the natural gas industry.