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First Compressed Natural Gas Stations Open in Western Pennsylvania on July 14, 2011

Energy & Resources

By Jeffrey Wlahofsky

Giant Eagle, Inc. unveiled what it maintains are the first two publically accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Western Pennsylvania, yesterday in Crafton, PA.

EQT Corporation also has plans to open a Compressed Natural Gas fueling station in mid-July, which will be located on Smallman Street in the City of Pittsburgh.

A lower-cost fuel alternative ($1.90 and $2.00 per gallon), CNG typically sells for a price one-third lower than the cost of a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel. Currently, public transportation and some commercial fleets are the only heavy-duty vehicles equipped to run on compressed natural gas. The only passenger vehicle available for sale in the U.S. that runs on compressed natural gas is the Honda Civic GX (list prices start at $25,500).

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, speaking at the grand opening of the Giant Eagle fueling station said, “This is the first commercially viable CNG fueling station in southwestern Pennsylvania, and we hope for many more to come.”

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