Monday, July 27, 2009

Bossier City Planning NatGas Fueling Stations for Buses

The Shreveport Times reported that Bossier City may be able to tap into Federal recovery dollars to build natural gas fueling infrastructure to support the conversion of city buses and possibly school buses to natural gas. The state of Louisiana received $10 million for this purpose through the Federal recovery package. Thankfully Gov. Jindal didn't decide to reject this particular pile of stimulus money to bolster his conservative street cred.

Bossier City wants to build three fueling stations and open them to the public for those who own natgas fueled vehicles. The city is looking to convert as many vehicles as possible to clean burning natural gas because it faces potential EPA penalties next year for its poor air quality. There is also an economic benefit to the city since compressed natural gas is cheaper than gasoline. On top of everything else, it supports the natural gas business, especially from the Haynesville Shale.

To me, this is a great use of federal recovery money. It is a one-time spend on a project that has significant environmental and economic benefits. It encourages the use of clean burning, domestically produced natural gas. A win-win across the board.

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