Blake Announces $1.49 Million Grant for Dupont Natural Gas Project

SCRANTON, May 14, 2020 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced a $1.49 million dollar state Pipeline Investment Program grant for the installation of 20,600 feet of natural gas line in Dupont Borough.

The project is a partnership between the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund and UGI. UGI will contribute $1.49 million in matching funds to complete the nearly $3 million project.

“Pennsylvania is the second largest US producer of natural gas and it is imperative that we continue to fund projects that can deliver this low-cost, homegrown resource to families and businesses across the Commonwealth,” Blake said. “I applaud the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund and UGI for their partnership and work on this important project for Borough residents and businesses.” 

This project will provide natural gas to 323 parcels, including eight commercial and 315 residential properties in Dupont Borough. This is Phase 3 of the project and entails the construction of 20,600 feet of natural gas distribution main along various streets within the borough. The installation of the gas line will help retain 35 jobs for existing commercial customers along the route and also provide natural gas to the under-construction 36-unit Dupont Housing for the Elderly facility.

The funding was approved today at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Pipeline Investment Program is facilitated by the Department of Community and Economic Development and provides grants to construct the last few miles of natural gas distribution lines to business parks, existing manufacturing and industrial enterprises, which will result in the creation of new economic base jobs in the commonwealth while providing access to natural gas for residents.

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