About $1 million in Marcellus Shale money will make its way to the Philadelphia area to subsidize the purchase of natural-gas-fueled school buses and trucks.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded a total of $6.7 million in grants Thursday to 18 organizations selected from among 49 applicants. The winners include the Rose Tree Media School District in Delaware County and Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Inc.
The grants, which will support the purchase or conversion of 288 heavy vehicles across the state, are financed from the $206 million collected last year from the Marcellus Shale impact fee. The impact fee law, known as Act 13, includes a provision setting aside $20 million over three years to stimulate the market for natural-gas vehicles (NGV).