Governor Wolf commends Shipley Energy CNG filling station

July 28, 2017. Celebrating the recent opening of Shipley Energy's compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Spring Garden Township, Gov. Tom Wolf thanked the company for taking the risk to invest in a fuel source not yet widely used in vehicles.

   "We need this to be the wave of the future from an environmental standpoint," the governor said Friday, July 28. "And we need this to be the wave of the future from an economic standpoint."

   Shipley's move might prove even riskier if the state Senate's revenue package — which narrowly passed a day earlier — is approved by the House and signed by Wolf.

   The revenue bill, which Wolf said he supports, includes a severance tax on natural gas drilling that Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre, said would generate about $100 million per year. Gas drillers would continue to pay an existing impact fee that is split by the state government and communities in the Marcellus Shale region.

   Energy companies have long objected to a severance tax, saying it would harm the state's competitiveness. Pennsylvania is the nation's No. 2 gas-producing state after Texas.

   Consumers, meanwhile, would face $405 million in new or higher taxes from a gross receipts tax on their natural gas, electric and telecommunications bills.

   Wolf said after the ribbon-cutting ceremony that he understands nobody likes new taxes, but the Legislature has to find a way to fund state services. The state needs to patch a more than $2 billion hole in the state's $32 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.

   The CNG fueling station, located at 714 Loucks Mill Road in Spring Garden Township, first opened in March. It's one of two currently open to the public in York County, with the other one opened by Rabbit Transit at 415 Zarfoss Drive in West Manchester Township.