TULSA - Tulsa's first city-owned compressed natural gas (CNG) station is open.
The station, which is located at the the west maintenance yard on 23rd Street in west Tulsa, is available for public use.
"We as a community, we as a government have been very, very supportive of the concept of segueing our fleets into compressed natural gas," said Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.
The desire to convert city vehicles to CNG started two decades ago, but the idea did not catch on until a few years ago.
"The cost and lack of demand for the vehicles was not quite there yet," said Brent Jones, director of equipment and management for the City of Tulsa.
Bartlett said the city has saved a lot of money by converting its vehicles.
Bartlett said one of the vehicles his staff uses is CNG compatible.
"When we fill it up, it fills up for less than $10. Normally, it would be about $30," said Bartlett.
The savings experienced by the city is one reason officials wanted the city to have its own public CNG station.
Tom Sewell, whose company, Tulsa Gas Technologies, Inc., supplies gas to the station, said CNG is good for Oklahoma's future.
"The gas is from here. The fuel is from here. The equipment is from here," said Sewell.
Sewell said next year more than a million gallons will have been pumped from CNG stations across the metro.
While the vast majority of people do not have CNG vehicles, supporters say as more stations pop up that will start to change.
Anyone with a CNG vehicle can use the city's fueling station from 6 a.m to 6 p.m on weekdays.
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