Retailers plan 13 new CNG stations in region

Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores and OnCue Express on Tuesday announced plans for a combined 13 new compressed natural gas stations in Oklahoma and Texas.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: January 8, 2014

Compressed natural gas vehicle owners and operators soon will have more options throughout the region.

Two Oklahoma retailers on Tuesday announced plans for a combined 13 new CNG stations in Oklahoma and Texas.

Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores is adding one CNG pump in eastern Oklahoma City and nine in Texas, said Bill Cashmareck, general manager of natural gas.

The stations will provide fast-fill pumps for large trucks, filling at 10 gallons per minute. The locations also will include pumps for cars and light-duty trucks.

“CNG will be integrated in our lane experiences,” he said. “We want trucks to get in and out as efficiently as possible. If our fill rates were not up to par, that truck would be stuck in the lane too long. Not only would the driver be upset, we would be upset because that truck would be in the lane too long, delaying other drivers.”

The Oklahoma City-based retailer said it will include CNG at the station it is rebuilding at Interstate 40 and Choctaw Road. The station will replace the Love's store destroyed by a tornado in 2010.

Love's also will provide the first public CNG station in Amarillo and is adding eight locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio areas.

Love's also announced Tuesday that it has purchased 55 CNG-powered trucks for its own fleet.

“We're putting our money where our mouth is because we believe in this fuel ourselves,” Cashmareck said. “In the long run, we're not only saving ourselves money, we're saving our customers money.”

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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