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BOONE PICKENS UNVEILS 'CLEAN ACROSS AMERICA' BIG THREE ON BOARD FOR 5,000-MILE NATURAL GAS VEHICLE TOUR

 DENVER, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On Oct. 8, New York City will host the kickoff festivities as more than a dozen clean-burning natural gas- powered vehicles (NGVs), including models from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, depart on an 18-day "Clean Across America" tour that will end in Sacramento on Oct. 25. The tour is part of a national public information campaign to demonstrate that natural gas is the "natural choice" as the alternative to gasoline and diesel fuel.
 A variety of natural gas-powered passengers cars, vans, trucks and buses will make the 5,000-mile trip. The tour will stop in more than 20 cities, including Washington, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles (see complete itinerary attached).
 Boone Pickens, chairman of Dallas-based MESA Inc., and chairman of the NGV Coalition, announced details of the tour at the 11th annual NGV Conference in Denver today.
 "Natural gas is the world's number one fossil fuel," says Pickens. "Using natural gas in transportation can have a positive and profound impact on the U.S. economy and America's environment. It's here today, a plentiful American fuel, and it's the cleanest fuel readily available to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
 "This tour is going to open a lot of eyes, because it's the first time we've joined forces with the Big Three automakers to showcase the availability of factory-warranted vehicles and the rapid growth of the natural gas feuling infrastructure across the country."
 Today, there are an estimated 50,000 (NGV's) on America's highways and 700,000 worldwide. That number is expected to soar to as many as 20 million in the U.S. by the year 2010. The number of fueling stations has doubled in the past year to more than 700 with one new station opening every business day.
 Recent federal regulation both encourages and mandates the use of cleaner fuels. The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 adopted a multifaceted approach to reducing vehicle emissions that includes mandates for cleaner vehicles, cleaner fuels and improved vehicle inspection and maintenance programs. The National Energy Policy Act mandates that the federal fleet begin converting so that 75 percent of all new federal fleet vehicles purchased by the year 2000 will be alternative fuel vehicles.
 "Clean Across America" will coincide with the American Gas Association's 75th anniversary annual meeting in Washington, on Oct. 11, and the convening of "NGV Summit 2010," a gathering of chief executives of the nation's local natural gas distribution companies to discuss their plans for developing and supporting the goal of 20 million NGVs by the year 2010.
 The tour is being organized by Columbia Gas Distribution Companies and MESA Inc. in conjunction with Chrysler, Ford, GMC Truck and the NGV Coalition. Numerous other manufacturers and local gas companies are sponsoring the tour and hosting it in cities along the route.
 CLEAN ACROSS AMERICA
 Itinerary(A)
 Oct. 7-25, 1993
 THURSDAY, OCT. 7
 1:00 p.m. (EDT) Tour vehicles assemble in NYC
 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Tour participants briefing in NYC
 Remain Overnight: New York City
 FRIDAY, OCT. 8
 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (EDT) New York City event
 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. (EDT) Jersey City event
 Remain Overnight: Philadelphia
 SATURDAY, OCT. 9
 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (EDT) Philadelphia event
 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.(A) (EDT) Baltimore event
 Remain Overnight: Baltimore
 SUNDAY, OCT. 10
 11 a.m.(A) (EDT Vehicles on display in Washington mall
 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (EDT) "Clean Across America" meeting/
 reception in Washington at the
 Washington Hilton
 Remain Overnight: Washington/Springfield, Va. Hilton
 MONDAY, OCT. 11
 7 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. (EDT) "NGV Summit 2010" event in Washington
 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (EDT) Washington event
 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Pittsburgh refueling/possible
 station opening event (?)
 Remain Overnight: Pittsburgh
 TUESDAY, OCT. 12
 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. (EDT) Pittsburgh event
 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. (EDT) Columbus, Ohio event/refueling
 Remain Overnight: Cleveland
 WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13
 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. (EDT) Cleveland event
 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (EDT) Detroit event
 Remain Overnight: Three Rivers, Mich.
 THURSDAY, OCT. 14
 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.(A)(CDT) Chicago refueling/event
 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (CDT) Springfield, Ill. event
 Remain Overnight: Springfield
 FRIDAY, OCT. 15
 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (CDT) Kansas City event/refueling
 Remain Overnight: Overland Park, Kan.
 SATURDAY, OCT. 16
 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. (CDT) Topeka, Kansas refueling/event
 6 p.m.(A) - 8 p.m. (CDT) Oklahoma City event
 Remain Overnight: Oklahoma City
 SUNDAY, OCT. 17
 12:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (CDT) Dallas event
 Remain Overnight: Dallas
 MONDAY, OCT. 18
 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. (CDT) Lubbock, Texas event
 Remain Overnight: Clovis, N.M.
 TUESDAY, OCT. 19
 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (MDT) Albuquerque, N.M. event/refueling
 Remain Overnight: El Paso, Texas
 WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20
 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (MDT) El Paso event
 Remain Overnight: Phoenix, Tempe, Ariz.
 THURSDAY, OCT. 21
 9:15 a.m.(A) - 10:30 a.m. (MST) Phoenix event (MST/PDT)
 6:15 p.m.(A) - 8 p.m. (PDT) Palm Springs, Calif. event
 Remain Overnight: Los Angeles
 FRIDAY, OCT. 22
 10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. (PDT) Los Angeles event (Refuel in
 L.A. prior to event)
 4:15 p.m. - 7 p.m. (PDT) San Diego event
 Remain Overnight: San Diego
 SATURDAY, OCT. 23
 Travel north from San Diego towards Sacramento, Calif.
 Remain Overnight: Northern California
 SUNDAY, OCT. 24
 Travel to Sacramento
 Remain Overnight: Sacramento
 MONDAY, OCT. 25
 9 a.m. (A) - 11 a.m. (PDT) Sacramento event
 (A) Denotes approximate time. All event times subject to change based on advance trip and special events planning.
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 /CONTACT: Jonathan Dedmon, Paul Brickman, or Kim Shepherd of The Dilenschneider Group, 312-553-0700/


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