Greenleaf News Conference on Legislation to Expand the State’s Natural Gas Infrastructure

On Tuesday, October 13th, State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf held a news conference in the Capitol to discuss his SB 953, which would expand the reach of natural gas infrastructure so more households and businesses in Pennsylvania can access natural gas as their source of energy.

The Senator’s legislation would utilize the concept from New Jersey’s plan to install Verizon FiOS. In 2006, New Jersey passed a law which granted Verizon a statewide franchise to wire hundreds of towns for FiOS. The law required Verizon to wire a certain number of communities within three to six years.

SB 953 would direct the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to bid out designated areas throughout the Commonwealth for deployment of natural gas lines. The company that secures the bid would have a “monopoly” in that area and be required to build a natural gas line in that part so that homes, businesses and industries could connect to the line.

“With Philadelphia poised to become a national energy hub, now is the time to encourage the expansion of this infrastructure to enable the economy to grow”, said Senator Greenleaf.

WHAT: News Conference on Natural Gas Expansion

WHERE: East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol

WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 11:00 a.m.