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Corbett Visits Delaware County To Promote PA's Natural Gas Drilling Policies

By David Madden

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. (CBS) -- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett was in Delaware County Tuesday to tout the benefits of the state's natural gas drilling policies.

Corbett toured Aqua America's Compressed Natural Gas fueling station and insists Act 13, which the administration calls the largest step in modernizing oil and natural gas law in the last 30 years, is working. And not just to clean the air either.

"We enacted a sensible impact fee that, to date, has over 630 million dollars in three years dedicated to improving local communities," Corbett said.

Seven-million of that has been earmarked to a couple dozen companies statewide, including Aqua, to convert their heavy duty fleet vehicles to natural gas.

Aqua figures it will take about five years. Corbett estimates a seven to ten year span to turn the state's vehicle fleet over.

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