Chesapeake Energy Corp. and the OnCue Express convenience store chain announced Wednesday they have teamed up to bring six compressed natural gas fueling stations to Oklahoma this winter.
CNG stations will be opened Jan. 12 to 18 at Chesapeake's field offices in Weatherford, Waynoka, Lindsay, Arkoma and Wilburton.
The sixth station will be opened later in El Reno.
OnCue Express LLC of Stillwater will own and operate the CNG stations. They will be open to anyone who has a CNG or bi-fuel vehicle.
Chesapeake, a natural gas explorer and producer, has converted nearly 700 of its fleet vehicles to CNG.
The Oklahoma City company's founder and CEO, Aubrey McClendon, among many others, has pushed for a nationwide transition to CNG fleet vehicles as a means of getting Americans to stop using oil imported from OPEC countries that may be hostile to the U.S.
“Bringing CNG to communities across Oklahoma allows the community, state and nation to take a step forward in reducing our dependency on foreign oil,” said James Roller, Chesapeake's market development coordinator.
Natural gas vehicles reduce fuel expenses and have cleaner emissions, he said.
OnCue Express CEO Jim Griffith said CNG prices are about $1.39 per gallon.
Currently, the average retail price of unleaded gasoline is nearly $3 per gallon.