CNG price increases being used for rebates to conversions

Published: June 23, 2012
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Regarding “CNG use gets new rebates” (Business, June 19): I recently read that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has allowed Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. to charge an additional 25 cents-per-gallon surcharge on compressed natural gas so it may give rebates for those who wish to convert their vehicle to CNG. As a business owner, I'm shocked and upset. My company has invested thousands of dollars in CNG and we have seen the price rise from 76 cents per gallon on Jan. 1 to $1.36 with this increase. I shouldn't be penalized and made to pay for other people to convert their vehicles to CNG.

Although the Corporation Commission labels it a surcharge, it's a tax. We call it Obamacare for CNG. The extra money I'm forced to pay is just being given away. I'm all for promoting CNG, but this is the wrong way to do it. The federal government needs to stay out of private industry.

Christopher Mangum, Broken Arrow