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Joe Blurton, Fargo, Published February 03 2013

Letter: CNG good option for North Dakota

I read that New Mexico was participating in a joint venture with private enterprise to build compressed national gas compressors for state and private commercial vehicles. North Dakota could use a similar joint venture, running state vehicles (snowplows, maintenance vehicles, etc.) with local cities (bus, garbage trucks etc.) or even school districts.

The benefits are multi-fold, from lower operating cost to increased natural gas tax revenues. And, making CNG stations available to farmers (tractors, trucks, combines) would give North Dakota farmers an economic operating advantage.

Natural gas operating costs are equal to around $1 per gallon gasoline. Emissions are lower, and discounting the now-spent carbons from flare gas at the well head makes environmental sense. This is a win-win-win-win situation for the state and its residents.