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Seisler: Natural Gas Vehicle Use Wave of Future

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Seisler: Natural Gas Vehicle Use Wave of Future

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In the next 15 years there will be a widespread fueling system for natural gas vehicles, predicted Jeffrey Seisler, executive director of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, at the Myriad Convention Center Wednesday.

Seisler spoke at the Compressed Natural Gas Conference sponsored by the Interstate Oil Compact Commission and Gov. Henry Bellmon's office. It followed the Governor's Energy Conference on Wednesday that explored new markets for Oklahoma natural gas.

While predicting the inevitability of natural gas vehicles due to the clean burning advantage over gasoline and diesel, Seisler said the market, or demand, will have to drive the move somewhat.

"The customer has got to make his own choice," he said.

Incentives, he said, will range from economics, environmental impacts, fuel availability and safety.

Many of the participants of the conference Thursday were fleet managers and public school officials.

Many said the initial outlay to convert vehicles was their concern, none saying they opposed compressed natural gas as a fuel.

Several bills are expected to be introduced to the Oklahoma Legislature in February that would require conversion by schools and state government fleets. Funding has not been specifically identified in most bills, but provisions for reimbursements are alluded to.

"Compressed natural gas is an important consideration for a new market for natural gas," said Charles Mankin, executive director of the Oklahoma Geological Society.

Oklahoma is the third largest natural gas producing state in the U.S., but is ranked 19th among consuming states. Mankin said Oklahoma has 35-70 trillion cubic feet of natural gas unrecovered, excluding the prolific Arbuckle region of the Arkoma Basin in southeast Oklahoma.

Natural gas has been lauded by the American Gas Association, Gas Research Institute and U.S. Geological Survey as the cleanest alternate fuel to gasoline and diesel as opposed to methanol and ethanol blends of gasoline. …

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