Waste Management will construct a compressed gas station with public access in Pen Argyl. The first of it kind for the area, the natural gas filling station, will also supply the Waste Management vehicles, too.
The company was awarded a $806,248 grant for the project under Pennsylvania's Alternative and Clean Energy Program. The programs, being enacted in seven counties through out the state, including Northampton, awarded grants for a total of $4.5 million. These projects should result in an additional $16.7 million in economic investment, according to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.
Natural gas vehicles are not readily available to the general public and are mainly used in corporate fleets for delivery and transportation due to their higher price tag. Detractors see this a drawback, not to mention the environmental concerns around the conventional method of drilling for natural gas; fracking.
Due to Pennsylvania's shale rock formation, a supply of natural gas is abundant locally. Also the proponents of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, believes that it not only save families money on gas, but is also better for the environment (by reducing pollution and amount of CO2 emissions). Having a natural gas filling station available to the public locally, should eventually further the availability and use of CNG vehicles in the area.