TULSA - As gas prices continue to rise, more people are switching to alternatives like compressed natural gas, which means the demand for CNG gas stations is growing.
On Monday, Apache Corporation is opening the city of Tulsa's fourth public CNG station.
The city of Tulsa's fleet of around 20 CNG vehicles may be the station's first customers.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett created the Office of Sustainability in hopes of spurring natural gas development within the area.
So far the city owns five CNG refuse trucks and 15 CNG sedans. As older vehicles are retired, CNG replacements are brought in.
Switching to compressed natural gas saves the city about $2 a gallon, which totals about $100,000 a year.
City officials hope leading by example will help the CNG market in Oklahoma grow, and this station is making compressed natural gas more accessible for Tulsans.
The grand opening ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at station, located at 5011 S. Vandalia.