POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 9:37am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 9:41am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter recognized the City of Tyler for its use of natural gas vehicles Wednesday by presenting a check for $142,761 at the Tyler City Council meeting.
“I am very pleased that the City of Tyler has led the way in east Texas in saving thousands of dollars on fuel and operating costs by using Texas-produced natural gas instead of imported oil,” Commissioner Porter said. “Not only do these natural gas vehicles save money and reduce dependency on foreign oil, they are reducing exhaust soot by 99 percent, which is good for the environment and our children.”
The CNG conversion project is an outcome of the Industry Growth Initiative, a plan adopted by Tyler to enhance industry growth. One of the major industries that is identified in the plan is 21st Century Energy, due to the prevalence of natural gas in the Barnett and Haynesville Shales that are in close proximity to Tyler. It is estimated that the Haynesville Shale contains enough natural gas to fuel our country for the next 100 years.
In March 2012, the City opened a compressed natural gas station for City vehicles. Funding for the program was partially provided by community sponsorships from companies such as EOG Resources, Tanos Exploration, Centerpoint Engery, SECO and Parkway Chevrolet.
The City currently has 21 vehicles operating on natural gas, five of which are garbage trucks. The amount given today will be used to purchase three more natural gas garbage trucks.
“We have improved our fleet's numbers and done so by saving the City vital financial resources,” Russ Johnson, Solid Waste manager said. “Plus, the citizens have benefited from the new quieter and cleaner running engines.”