Energy giant BP is donating two compressed natural gas bifuel trucks to Robbers Cave State Park.
The state park is under the Oklahoma Tourism Department, which is in the process of diversifying its vehicle fleet. The department has nine CNG bifuel trucks and one hybrid electric vehicle. It plans to buy eight more bifuel vehicles this year.
Bifuel vehicles can run on natural gas and gasoline.
“It’s a huge help for us. We’re thankful for the donation,” Tourism Department spokeswoman Leslie Blair said. “It allows us to use our funds elsewhere.”
BP operates seven wells at Robbers Cave that have been producing oil and natural gas since the 1980s.
“BP, as the second-largest producer of natural gas in Oklahoma and a significant employer, is proud to partner with the state of Oklahoma on this important project, which will not only help maintain one of the state’s natural treasures but also demonstrate the vast potential of natural gas as a clean, abundant fuel source,” said Carl Dupuy, BP’s Arkoma Onshore Site Manager.
While 74 public CNG filling stations have popped up in the state in recent years, only two are available in the state’s southeastern quadrant. One is in Wilburton, about 10 miles from Robbers Cave.
“As the fueling stations increase, we’ll continue to convert our fleet at least to bifuel if not straight CNG,” Blair said. “Conservative estimates show CNG saves us at least $45 per fill-up.”
Gov. Mary Fallin has led the effort to convert the state’s fleet to natural gas.
“BP continues to be an excellent corporate citizen and partner for the state of Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “This generous gift will help the Tourism Department as it works to maintain one of our state's most beautiful parks.”