City of Longview, Gregg County Study Natural Gas

When Lott Oil Company opened its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in February in Mansfield, Louisiana, people took notice.

Longview, Texas, Mayor Jay Dean; Gregg County, Texas, Judge Bill Stoudt; and representatives of the Longview Chamber of Commerce recently visited Mansfield to see how the conversion to CNG works.

"Texas has not been as aggressive in promoting the use of CNG as Louisiana has with incentives," said Dean. "But moving toward using CNG for fleets is something we expect officials to continue to review for feasibility in the future."

David Dollar, sales executive with Lott Oil, and representatives from the DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce hosted the group at the Mansfield CNG station and discussed how the fuel is a viable option for its business and customers.

"Between the city and county, there are more than 750 vehicles operating on local roads and at worksites," said Dean. "We estimate about 400 of those vehicles could be converted to CNG."

At $1.75 per gasoline gallon equivalent in Mansfield, CNG offers an attractive alternative to traditional fuels.

With assistance from the state, the company has opened a second public CNG station in Alexandria, Louisiana, and is considering additional locations. It also has started converting its own fleet of vehicles to operate on CNG.​

This article was first published by Ask Chesapeake.

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