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Amarillo welcomes first CNG station

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Amarillo, TX - A compressed natural gas station has officially opened to the public here in Amarillo.

Many Class-8 trucks are already making the switch from diesel fueled engines to CNGAmp Trillium, a joint venture between amp CNG and Trillium CNG, announced the opening of it's first public access compressed natural gas station in Amarillo.

This is one of seven public stations recently opening throughout Texas, which helps to create further access for fleet trucks throughout the state. Donna Rolf, president of amp CNG, said the opening of the fuel station has already seen positive results in the area. "We just opened the station and we've already been approached by numerous fleets that want to convert their trucks to CNG," Rolf said.

She also said this is because CNG is domestic, abundant and about a $1.50 less than diesel fuel, causing significant savings."What we're working on is we are helping build out the infrastructure, focusing on the trucking corridor throughout Texas, focusing on the Midwest and the Southeast, and it's our hope that eventually a long haul trucking fleet can travel throughout the United States on CNG rather than diesel, Rolf said.

Roy Urrutia, director of public affairs at Atmos Energy, said the new station is great for the city. "It's good because the thing that we've been waiting for is the infrastructure to be in place and provide fueling stations for the area, because right now, you're limited, you have Dallas, you have Albuquerque and the closest point to the south is Odessa," Urrutia said. "And so this is great news now that people have the vantage point to fuel their CNG vehicles."

Amp Trillium has an agreement with the Dairy Farmers of America and select milk producers to convert portions of their diesel fleets to CNG powered trucks. This could potentially reduce the price in goods for consumers.

"As more fuel is sold, the cost in capital simply gets reduced and that could long-term effect the price by causing it to decrease," Rolf said.

Because it is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, Rolf said CNG cars and trucks require less maintenance and have longer life engines, which improve the overall costs for vehicle consumers as well.Rolf adds because of the abundance of this gas, the dependency on foreign oil will decrease, reducing the amount of money paid for imports.
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