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Marcellus Works legislation continues march in Pa. legislature

By , - Last modified: April 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

The leading edge of expansive legislation to increase use of natural gas as a transportation fuel in Pennsylvania passed the state House on Wednesday.

House Bills 301, 305 and 309 would offer tax credits and are part of a nine-bill Marcellus Works package — taking its name from the formation deep under Pennsylvania and neighboring states containing large amounts of natural gas.

Among amendments considered before passage, H.B. 301 and 305 were changed to remove industry organization leaders from being part of the group designating committee members to review tax credit applications.

The bills in the package are at various stages of the legislative process.

Also Wednesday, H.B. 304 passed out of the House Transportation Committee, making it the last to clear such a hurdle.

It had called for a mandate, phased in over a number of years, for large mass transit agencies to completely convert to buying natural gas-powered buses.

The new version, as amended, calls for conversion based on feasibility.

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