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Creating Demand for CNG

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
November 9, 2011

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Oklahoma is working to get other states to enter a Memorandum of Understanding to buy 5,000 compressed natural gas vehicles for government fleets.

Fallin announced to the Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Wednesday that so far Colorado, Wyoming and Pennsylvania have joined in the MOU.

She says she expects others to follow as states are recognizing CNG as an important transportation fuel.

“It’s efficient. It’s affordable. It’s abundant. It’s clean, and it’s provided right here at home in the United States and certainly right here in the state of Oklahoma.”

She estimates Oklahoma will buy about 500 vehicles a year to replace its fleet, but the 5,000 number is to entice automobile companies to start mass producing the cars.

During a press conference after her speech to energy leaders, Fallin answered skepticism from some about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing as it relates to recent earthquakes in Oklahoma.

“They are along known fault lines in our state and at this point there’s no scientific evidence that the earthquakes we’ve experienced recently would have been from hydraulic fracturing in Oklahoma.”

Fallin says she supports transparency in the industry including disclosure of chemicals used in fracking.

She also says she supports sustainable energy such as wind power and energy efficiency.

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