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Longview city council to vote on CNG filling stations


POSTED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 5:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 5:29pm

Longview city council has already approved eight new sanitation trucks that run on compressed natural gas. At Thursday's meeting they will vote to approve filling stations for those trucks.

As part of the city's Simplfied Collection Program, the new garbage trucks will collect both recycling and trash while running on CNG. If approved, eight filling stations will be installed at the Longview Public Works station so the trucks will not have to travel far to fill up.

The city will spend about $95,000 per year on the fuel.

City Spokesman Shawn Hara says in the long-run, CNG is a good choice for the community and residents will see no extra costs on their bills.

" Even with the cost associated with this..there's been no change in cost to the customer..because by moving to this new system..were able to save money in the long-term, even though there's some additional costs up front..that means that hopefully we'll be able to provide long term stability and low pricing for our customers.." 

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