Natural gas highway will pass through Oklahoma City

Clean Energy Fuels is building a liquefied natural gas fueling station in Oklahoma City as part of its natural gas highway, a cross-country network of about 150 fueling stations for heavy-duty trucks.
by Jay F. Marks Published: May 25, 2012

Roche said the goal is to ensure drivers and trucking company owners are comfortable with putting trucks fueled by natural gas on the road because there are enough stations available.

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 process.

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.”

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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