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W.Va. county eyes natgas for some of its fleet

Jan. 31, 2013 @ 10:13 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kanawha County is looking to convert part of its fleet to alternative fuels.

The Daily Mail reports that Commission President Kent Carper will recommend Thursday that the county purchase five or possibly more alternative fuel vehicles.

The county is part of a consortium of public agencies in the Charleston area that is pledging to get some of its vehicles off petroleum and on natural gas. The regional transit authority has already committed to purchasing eight buses to be powered by compressed natural gas.

IGS Energy plans to build and operate a $10 million network of compressed natural gas fueling stations for vehicles along Interstate 79 from Charleston to Mount Morris, Pa.

Carper said it’s a good time for the county to be moving in that direction.

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