He said eight stations have opened this year, with an additional 20 or so under construction. The rest of the stations planned for 2012 are in the design or permitting
Officials hope to have the Oklahoma City station completed by late this summer, Roche said.
Taylor Shinn, Chesapeake's senior director of corporate development, said he is pleased by Clean Energy's progress so far.
“It has been extremely encouraging to see the widespread growth, adoption and interest in natural gas as a transportation fuel, particularly for heavy-duty freight transportation,” he said. “Every day through our partnerships we see and hear about national and regional trucking companies shifting to natural gas or initiating natural gas pilot programs.”
Shinn said the natural gas highway system will encourage more companies to embrace natural gas as an alternative to more expensive diesel fuel.
“Trucking companies such as UPS, FedEx, Swift, US Foods, Central Freight, J.B. Hunt, among many others, are beginning the transition, and Chesapeake is proud to support them alongside Clean Energy,” he said.
“While these companies are a strong endorsement of the market's future, the fact that the top 3 diesel retailers in America are working on natural gas fueling stations is a clear sign of the continued growth that is to come for natural gas as a transportation fuel.”