Oklahoma City forum focuses on natural gas vehicles

City, state and county leaders attended a natural gas vehicle purchasing forum Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
by Jay F. Marks Published: December 13, 2012

Culbreath said there is some natural gas exploration in Atoka County so he is optimistic there soon will be a CNG fueling station there too.

Fallin said Oklahoma is expected to soon have more than 100 public CNG fueling stations. The state already is No. 1 in the nation in fueling stations per capita.

She said she wants more government entities to join the state in adding natural gas vehicles to their fleets because they can save money by switching to a cheaper fuel. Fallin said officials estimate CNG vehicles can save up to $20,000 in fuel costs during their life span.

Taylor Shinn, senior director of corporate development at Chesapeake Energy Corp., said CNG is a viable alternative to gasoline or diesel because the nation's booming supply of natural gas will limit price fluctuations.

He said the standard unit for pricing natural gas is a thousand cubic feet. That is enough to produce the equivalent of eight gallons of gasoline.

Shinn said that shields CNG from the same price spikes that are common for gasoline and diesel.

“That margin is there for the American public to use,” he said.

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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