Chambersburg eyes natural gas filling station

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Nov 16, 2012 4:00 AM

Photo by Scott Detrow/StateImpact Pennsylvania

(Chambersburg) -- One Franklin County community is looking to capitalize on the increase in natural gas production in Pennsylvania by building a filling station for vehicles that run on the fuel.

Chambersburg is considering the construction of a two-million-dollar compressed natural gas filling station.

Gas Superintendent John Leary says the borough wants to secure contracts with companies that have fleets of natural gas-powered vehicles before it moves forward with the plan.

"We have a lot of interest, and we're pretty confident we'll be able to get some substatial customers up front," Leary says. "We're initially expecting the station to fuel between 20 and 30 large trucks per day. Over time, we're expecting that to increase substantially because there's so much interest in the CNG vehicles."

Leary says the facility would be located near the Wayne Avenue exit of I-81 and look much like existing gasoline or diesel fueling stations.

He says it would be linked to Chambersburg's existing natural gas pipeline system.

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