Last week, Love’s Travel Stop celebrated the grand opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Guthrie, Okla. It was the third station of 10 they plan to open this year in partnership with Chesapeake Energy Corporation. This station, like others in the works, is located right off the interstate next to the gasoline pumps people are already used to seeing. Public accessibility allows residents of the Sooner State to “use more Oklahoma resources inside of Oklahoma vehicles,” says Chesapeake’s Scott Minton.
Oklahoma isn’t the only state that is rich in natural gas. In fact, almost all of the natural gas used in United States is produced right here in the United States. Meanwhile, a majority of the gasoline we use is refined from oil imported from foreign countries. It’s easy to see the economic and national security advantages of using a domestic fuel like CNG.
The dilemma is what should come first, the chicken or the egg – CNG stations or CNG vehicles. Love’s isn’t waiting for someone else to decide the answer to that question; they’re taking matters into their own hands. By doing so, Love’s and other great companies in Oklahoma are showing the rest of the nation that with proper infrastructure in place, consumers will be eager to make the switch and begin filling up with compressed natural gas.
Watch the video below to see how the grand opening went.
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