Mercer County Regional Council of Governments to open natural gas fueling station

June 1, 2018. The Mercer County Regional Council of Governments, in Pennsylvania, is moving forward with plans for a new natural gas fueling station for its buses.

   The compressed natural gas (CNG) facility would be located outside a fenced-in area in front of the Shenango Valley Shuttle Service garage at 5200 Virginia Road in Hermitage, said Gary Hinkson, Hermitage city manager.

   The plan calls for a 594-square-foot canopy, a concrete pad that will serve as an equipment compound, and an enclosure to protect electrical equipment. Plans also call for an access driveway to the fueling station, landscaping and a rain garden for stormwater management. Hermitage city commissioners unanimously approved the plan last month.

   Hinkson said COG needed to get approval for its development plans before it could receive construction permits.

   Michael Nashtock, COG’s director of operations, said the planned fueling station is part of a PennDOT project to convert public transit buses to compressed natural gas. “The project started about two years ago,” he said. “PennDOT is expecting to have their shuttle buses converted to CNG over the next 20 years.”