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Chesapeake dismisses its natural gas vehicle team

BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Published: September 17, 2013
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“Chesapeake has consistently been a leading advocate for the benefits of using CNG cars and trucks,” said Alex Weintz, spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. “CNG vehicles are helping reduce American dependence on foreign oil, while also reducing fuel emissions and fuel costs.

“The governor is grateful for Chesapeake’s endeavors to promote natural gas vehicles and helping to make Americans aware they have a viable alternative fuel for their cars and trucks.”

Stillwater-based fuel retailer OnCue Express has worked with Chesapeake to open CNG fueling stations across Oklahoma.

CEO Jim Griffith said he expects CNG sales to continue to increase as more drivers discover its benefits.

“Anytime my customers can save over $2 a gallon, it is a good thing,” Griffith said. “My hats off to Chesapeake for all they have done to make CNG what I consider the fuel of the future.”

Oklahoma oilman Boone Pickens, a vocal natural gas advocate, said Chesapeake has been an important part of the push to wean the U.S. off foreign oil.

“The country is moving toward greater energy security, and away from our crippling dependence on OPEC oil. That has been a threat to our economic and national security for decades. We are addressing that problem,” Pickens said. “Chesapeake has been a part of that on the natural gas exploration and production side, and on the efforts to expand the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel to replace OPEC oil through public advocacy and important business initiatives.

“This is all happening, and there will be other businesses that become aggressive in this effort.”