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$750K grant to launch shale gas innovation, commercialization project

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The Ben Franklin Technology Center of Central and Northern Pennsylvania has been awarded a $750,000 grant to help launch its Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization project.

The project is designed to harness entrepreneurial innovation to maximize the economic return to Pennsylvania’s residents from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, according to a news release. The grant is from the Discovered in PA – Developed in PA program established by Gov. Tom Corbett in 2011.

Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center said it will use the bulk of the D2PA funds to provide grants to PA-based small companies to demonstrate the feasibility of emerging technologies, or seed funds to test and help launch ideas, and to assist in market acceptance and growth of shale energy-focused products or services. These grants will be available statewide to support the commercialization of new technologies leading to the creation of high-paying, sustainable jobs in the commonwealth.

The project is also expected to “expand SGICC’s role as an educator on issues slowing the growth and economic impact of the shale gas play within the commonwealth, particularly oriented towards increasing natural gas utilization,” the release said.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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Heather Stauffer said:
Hi Rob,
We did have something on the contest itself last month, well before the deadline (http://www.cpbj.com/article/20140117/CPBJ01/140119809/In-brief:-Shale-gas-innovation-grants-available). This article, on a new grant supporting the program, came out the same day the state announced it.

February 12, 2014 8:31 am

SueH said:
It's too bad the shale gas industry doesn't have money to do its own R&D. By going through the Ben Franklin Partnership, it lends credibility to the industry. Unfortunately, the industry doesn't have credibility with the public because of illegal dumping into streams, runoff from the sites, polluted water and faucets that can be lighted from the high gas content in the water. When the companies have a DEP-approved plan, it seems they don't follow it. DEP doesn't have enough inspectors to regulate the numbers of shale gas producing sites.

February 10, 2014 2:33 pm

Rob said:
tT's too bad this article was released 9 days after the deadline to submit to the contest.

February 10, 2014 1:39 pm



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