The Borough of Chambersburg has been awarded a state grant to help build a compressed natural gas fueling station.
The Redevelopment Assistance Capitalization Program Grant worth $500,000 was awarded to the borough to assist in the construction of the compressed natural gas, or CNG, fueling station at a site the borough is leasing near the intersection of Wayne Avenue (Pa. 316) and Interstate 81, according to a news release from the borough.
The governor’s office approved nearly $125 million in projects and announced the awards Thursday.
Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said the award is positive news for Chambersburg and Pennsylvania.
“We believe our site at exit 14 has a lot of potential and, together with our fleet fueling partners, we believe the borough will be well positioned to serve CNG vehicles into the future,” Stonehill said in the release.
He said compressed natural gas is “where Pennsylvania and this country are headed to reduce its reliance on foreign oil.”
Stonehill also thanked the Chambersburg Borough Council for its “visionary approach” to providing alternative fuels on the I-81 corridor.
According to the news release, the natural gas fueling station should be built by the end of the year.
The facility would serve private and commercial fleets as well as any converted municipal vehicles.
“Chambersburg will now offer CNG as a cleaner, less expensive and more efficient fuel to both local and interstate customers,” Borough Council President William McLaughlin said in the news release.
McLaughlin said the borough has been working on the CNG project for several years and praised the efforts of several borough employees and state Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, for bringing the project and the grant to this point.
Earlier this week, the borough council selected “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems as its preferred concessionaire for the fueling station.