One more economic benefit from Marcellus shale drilling in Pennsylvania: Shale cuttings, the bits of rock that are left over after drilling gas wells in the Marcellus Shale, are paying for new equipment and training for first responders in Bradford County, PA.
A new Bradford County program, which will distribute approximately $25,000 in county funds each year to local volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance services, is now being launched, county officials announced on Thursday.
The program, called the Bradford County Volunteer Emergency Responders Grant Program, is a competitive grant program that will provide grants of up to $10,000 to volunteer fire departments or ambulance services in Bradford County, according to a press release from the Bradford County commissioners.
The grants are funded by the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority’s revenue from the disposal of Marcellus Shale drill cuttings, the press release said. The county receives a $3 a ton share of the proceeds and 25 percent of those proceeds are dedicated to the Bradford County Volunteer Emergency Responders Grant Program, the release said.*
*The Daily Review (Feb 18) – Bradford County launches grant program to assist fire companies, ambulance services