BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — IGS Energy opened its first compressed natural gas fueling station for vehicles Tuesday along Interstate 79 in north-central West Virginia, the start of a $10 million network that will eventually run from Charleston to Mount Morris, Pa.
Ohio-based IGS also plans to build stations in Charleston and Jane Lew, along with the one near the Pennsylvania line. The company has said it's looking at a similar network in Ohio, and possibly eventually in Pennsylvania.
Surging production has the gas industry seeking out new markets for its products, and companies are starting to focus more on the transportation sector. They tout natural gas as a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gasoline and diesel.
Advocates of compressed natural gas, or CNG, say it produces up to 30 percent less carbon dioxide, up to 75 percent less carbon monoxide and up to 95 percent less particulate matter than other fuels.
"Not only are we utilizing a cleaner burning fuel, but we are putting to use one that is produced right in our own state by hard-working West Virginians," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a statement.
IGS said it's partnering in the venture with oil and gas companies Antero Resources, Chesapeake Energy and EQT Corp., all of which have vowed to fuel their vehicles in the corridor.
The state Division of Highways also has committed to use the corridor for its CNG vehicles.