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Shipley, Lancaster authority receive natural-gas vehicle grants

By - Last modified: May 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM

A Shipley Group company has received a state grant to help it convert to natural-gas vehicles.

The Corbett administration awarded $224,178 last week to Shipley Fuels Marketing. The firm will use the money to buy five compressed natural-gas vehicles and convert three tractor-trailer engines and a York city street sweeper to CNG, according to a state news release.

The grant was among 18 totaling $6.7 million. The funds come from state natural-gas impact fee revenues; Act 13, the law authorizing the impact fee, directs that some of the proceeds go toward promoting the use of natural-gas vehicles.

Also receiving money was the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, which received $350,000 to convert 14 vehicles to CNG.

The authority received a $174,018 grant for the same project last month from the state Department of Environmental Protection. That money came from the federal government under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act.

The authority's conversion project totals $4 million — $1.5 million to build a fueling station and $2.5 million to buy vehicles.

Based in York, the Shipley Group does business as Shipley Energy, providing natural gas, propane, heating oil and heating and cooling systems. It also has a spring water business and operates the Tom's convenience store chain.

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