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Natural Gas Fueling Station Opens in Fairless Hills

Clean Energy celebrated the opening of the first compressed natural gas fueling station to serve the Greater Philadelphia area in Fairless Hills.

Fairless Hills is now home to the first public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station to serve the Greater Philadelphia area as North America’s largest provider of natural gas, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. celebrated the grand opening today on Tyburn Road.

“The partnership with Clean Energy is the first step in this region towards assisting Pennsylvania in achieving energy self-sufficiency,” said Bill Rickett, Transportation Management Associatio, Bucks Executive Director.

The station, located on property leased from Pothole Killers/Patch Management in Fairless Hills, was built and will be maintained for public access by Clean Energy. The new station will also support Bucks County Transport’s fleet of fuel-shared ride shuttle buses, the “Rushbus” public transit fleet, as well as a fleet of refuse trucks and other private and public CNG vehicles.

“I am hopeful we can continue to build the compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure that will assist in reaching this goal,” added Rickett.

The cost of the CNG station and the new CNG transit shuttle buses was funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Alt Fuel Incentive Grant program. The primary objective of the grant was to provide clean air, cost-efficient public services for the citizens of Bucks County region.

“Cleaner burning and cost-efficient natural gas is becoming the transportation fuel of choice for a greater number of fleet and other types of vehicles,” said Peter Grace, Senior Vice President, Sales and Finance, of Clean Energy.

The use of natural gas fuels is estimated to lower the greenhouse emissions up to 23% in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. It is also priced at as much as $1.50 or more per gallon less than that of diesel fuel.

“Clean Energy is thrilled that we will be part of this expansion in eastern Pennsylvania with our first of what we hope is many more public access CNG fueling stations,” added Grace.

Speakers at the grand opening celebration included: Grace; Vince Volpe, Executive Director, Bucks County Transport; Lew Tartini, CEO, Pothole Killers/Patch Management; Cosmo Servidio, Regional Director, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and Elizabeth Murphy, Vice President, Government and External Affairs of PECO Energy.

Nick September 19, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Glad to see some movement in the natural gas vehicle world. Learn more about how PA plans to push for it at shalestuff.com

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