PA Chips in $2M to Build NatGas Pipelines in Berks, Centre Counties

In 2016 the Pennsylvania legislature, over the objections of PA Gov. Tom Wolf, voted to shift $24 million away from a boondoggle program called the PA Alternative Energy Investment Act and into a new program called the Pipeline Investment Program, or PIPE (see PA Gov Wolf Launches (Gasp) Pipeline Investment Program). The PIPE program helps fund pipeline construction to manufacturers, hospitals and schools to provide clean-burning, abundant, cheap and home-grown Marcellus Shale gas to those organizations. Since that time a number of PIPE $1 million grants have been doled out. Each time another grant is issued, Gov. Wolf’s publicity team makes a big deal out of it, pretending old Tommy is Santa Claus himself. Nary a word about Wolf’s original objection to the program. Last November Wyoming County got a $1 million grant to help run natgas pipes there (see PA Approves $2.4M Project to Run NatGas Pipes in Wyoming County). On Tuesday, Gov. Santa Claus handed out another two such grants. One $1M grant will go to Berks County (near Philadelphia) to run natgas pipelines to the Hamburg Commerce Park where it will feed 33 businesses and 20 area homes. The other $1M grant will go to Centre County (home of Penn State), where a new natgas pipeline will feed 6 businesses and 89 homes…

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