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Company Plans To Build Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Stations Along I-79
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Jan. 17, 2013 10:50 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 17, 2013 4:10 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Touting it as cleaner, cheaper and home grown, IGS Energy and CNG Services say natural gas is a natural fit to fuel vehicles.
The company announced a $10 million project to build a compressed natural gas corridor along Interstate 79, with stations in Charleston, Jane Lew and Bridgeport. A fourth will be built in southern Pennsylvania.
"The fact that it's cleaner," T.J. Meadows of IGS Energy CNG Services said. "The fact that it's domestic and the fact that people can put some money back in their pocket. And the fact that we're stepping forward with the infrastructure. It will be available. It's not like people are going to have to do this on their own. So when you look at all those factors and the fact that compressed natural gas will be available right here in Charleston, I think it's a real incentive for people to convert."
Previously, companies were hesitant to invest because there weren't enough natural gas vehicles on the road. And people wouldn't buy natural gas vehicles because there was nowhere to fill them up.
This deal breaks that cycle.
"It took a whole group of people coming together, realizing yes, that we can get the investment to get the fueling stations to where they are needed as well as getting, especially starting with public agencies, getting them to commit to convert their vehicles," West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said.
Chesapeake Energy, Antero Resources and EQT Corporation have committed to fuel their natural gas vehicles along the interstate corridor. Public entities, like Kanawha County, also are moving forward with plans to acquire more natural gas vehicles.
"Well, it just makes sense," Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper said. "First of all, it's our gas. It's about 40 percent less cost. It burns cleaner. But more importantly instead of burning gas from the Middle East we're burning West Virginia natural gas."
The natural gas refueling stations should be open by the end of the year.
IGS Energy said it will build and operate a $10 million network of compressed natural gas fueling stations for vehicles along Interstate 79 from Charleston to Mount Morris, Pa.
The plan the Ohio-based company announced Thursday calls for stations in Bridgeport, Charleston and Jane Lew, along with the one in southwest Pennsylvania.
President Scott White said it will serve the growing number of businesses and residents converting to natural gas vehicles.
The company said the so-called CNG Fueling Corridor is the first of its kind since Marcellus shell drilling began to take off.
Surging production has the gas industry seeking out new markets for its products. Companies are starting to focus more on the transportation sector.
They tout natural gas as a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gasoline and diesel.
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