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Friday, November 9, 2012

$1.9 Million Grant Will Create 5 Jobs/Help Remove 40,000 Trucks From State & Local Highways

Causer Announces $1.9 Million Rail Freight Assistance Grant For Bradford's ARG
Will Create 5 Jobs/Help Remove 40,000 Trucks From State & Local Highways

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) today announced a $1.9 million investment in freight-rail infrastructure in McKean County.

Specifically, the funding was awarded to American Refining Group Inc. to rehabilitate 3,700 feet of track and to add new loading racks for the refinery. The total project cost is more than $6 million.

“ARG is the country’s oldest continuously operated oil refinery, but more importantly it is a vital part of our local economy,” Causer said. “The demand for its Pennsylvania grade crude oil is on the rise, and this expansion of ARG’s infrastructure will allow the company to better meet that demand.”

According to ARG officials, the project will allow the company to safely handle an estimated 10,000 rail cars, create five jobs and retain more than 300 jobs. It also will help remove 40,000 trucks from state and local highways.

The grant is part of a state investment of more than $18 million in freight-rail infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

So, a net job loss - Create 5 new jobs, get rid of a couple dozen truck drivers.. nice move.

Anonymous said...

5:15...I thought the same thing. Using taxpayer dollars to pick winners and losers....slippery slope.....

Anonymous said...

Does this mean 40,000 truck drivers become unemployed to create five jobs? Another government handout of taxpayers money doing wrong!

Anonymous said...

Smooth move.--create 5 jobs and eliminate 40,000 truck drivers jobs. Sounds like a shovel ready job to me. a net loss of 39,995 jobs elimated. trouble whats on the shovel ? ////KIND OF SMELLS.

Anonymous said...

And you fools just re-elected this brainfart!!!

Anonymous said...

Do any of you realize the amount of tax dollars this will save you, 40,000 thousand trucks not on the highway will save millions in repairs to this states infrastructure. And fyi every one of those 10,000 freight cars still need to be moved by truck when they reach there destination. and guess what 1 rail tank car is alt more than 1 tractor trailer tanker. so this will actually create more jobs. do a little research people

Anonymous said...

The small mindedness of the people of this area never ceases to amaze me. Wonder what your statements would be if ARG announced they were closing because of the inaccessibility of infrastructure. You people are total and absolute morons!

Anonymous said...

And, people wonder why Bradford is in ruins, while Olean is flourishing. Hell, even Limestone is in better shape than Bradford! That's a Pitt-Bradford education for you.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:52 - We'd actually be losing tax dollars - "40,000 trucks" translates to a couple dozen truck drivers, a few hundred tanker trailers on multiple trips. What we lose: Tax dollars from motor fuels tax (which pays for highways) , Tax dollars from truck drivers (income tax, sales tax, etc.) not to mention the economic dollars (refueling stations, restaurants, convenience stores, and repair shops losing regular customers) Job losses and resultant reduction in payroll (and all that goes to the railroad, not the local economy) - how are you gonna make up for all that with a measly 5 new jobs? (and "saving" 300 jobs - hogwash! those 300 jobs if they are to be lost will be lost - its simple corporate nature.) It's all a marketing ploy to "sell" the government giveaway - Granted it is for the local refinery but in the long term view, it is a net loss. Just another example of the Republican party giving away money to "big business" at expense of taxpayers and small local business. - It's a shell game.. If it takes a moron to see through it, so be it. I'd just as soon be a moron with a job than an unemployed "smart person".

Anonymous said...

The State should be able to let go numerous workers who process all the fees and taxes the 40,000 truckers pay. Just look at all the fuel and products that will not be needed with them off the road! Taxpayers should not be funding companies who profit off of them!

Anonymous said...

It's called Obamanomics!

Anonymous said...

Yup thanks Marty. Thanks for being a typical politician and spending the tax payers money instead of protecting our freedom.
But it's not completely your fault.
That's what people and business want. If you did your job you wouldn't have one.

Anonymous said...

@840, just got it all figured out don't you. so we just lose the millions saved from not having to repair the highways as frequently, so what your saying is the great commonwealth of pa will just cut that out of what we pay. fact of the matter is not one of those 40,000 trucking jobs will be lost. when's the last time you seen a train sitting a gas station refilling the storage. that's right you haven't. we lose fuel tax? what do locomotives run on air? Stuff like this is better for the economy but you people just need something to complain about. grow up

Anonymous said...

You want better roads? ROAD USE TAX the electric cars and trucks.

Anonymous said...

@9:25
Obamanomics???
Best check your political affiliations there, genius.
Mr. Causer is a Republican.
Obama is a Democrat. How can it be a Democratic 'onomics' problem, when it's a Republican giveaway?
Plus, further reading (if in fact you can read) says that it's a STATE investment, so to blame Obama is like cutting out your tongue and off with your fingers so you can't put stupid $&!! on the internet anymore. Oh wait, that's just me wishing you would....