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Clean Energy Fuels opens natural gas station in Ohio

The Seal Beach-based firm will provide support to natural gas trucks run by Dillon Transport.

By Kirsti CorreaPublished: February 14, 2012 07:15 AM

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. opened a 24-hour liquefied natural gas (LNG) station in Ohio to create a natural gas highway and support the use of LNG trucks operated by freight carrier Dillon Transport.

“The opening of this new Clean Energy LNG truck fueling station is a major step toward realizing our program to create a national LNG fueling infrastructure that will extend along major truck routes nationwide,” said James Harger, Seal Beach-based Clean Energy’s chief marketing officer. “Our efforts to create America’s Natural Gas Highway are in direct response to the increasing demand for natural gas fuel, as major trucking companies secure and deploy LNG-powered trucks.”

With 98 percent of natural gas produced in the U.S., it is a secure energy source that reputedly lowers greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 23 percent.  

“We believe natural gas will be a mainstream alternative to diesel for class 8 truck fuel, because natural gas is a cleaner, less expensive, domestic and abundant solution to the energy crisis we face every day as Americans,” said Jeff Dillon, president of Dillon Transport.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a grant to fund the development of the LNG station to Clean Fuels Ohio, a nonprofit organization that supports the use of energy-saving transportation technologies, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Clean Fuels Ohio was happy to work with Clean Energy in opening Ohio’s first liquefied natural gas station,” said Sam Spofforth, Clean Fuels Ohio executive director. “We hope to see more fleets join Dillon Transport to use this less expensive and environmentally friendly substitute for diesel fuel.”

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