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NATURAL GAS PICK-UP TRUCK AWARDED AT TEXAS BALL

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A Texas pick-up truck, converted to use environmentally-friendly natural gas, was the door prize at the famed "Black Tie & Boots" Inaugural Ball hosted by the Texas State Society in Washington on Jan. 16.
 Texas Rep. J.J. (Jake) Pickle (D) drew the winning door-prize ticket and awarded the bright red 1993 Ford F-150 pick-up to Jill Glenewinkel, a National Archives employee. Glenewinkel, a native of Seguin, Texas, who currently resides in Alexandria, Va., was celebrating her 40th birthday at the ball.
 Designated "Texas 1" and the official Texas vehicle for inauguration week, the truck was donated by the Texas Ford Dealers, the Ford Motor Company and the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. The pick-up was converted to use compressed natural gas as well as traditional gasoline. With a flip of a dashboard switch, the truck runs on economical, clean-burning compressed natural gas for approximately 120 miles.
 TRANSTAR Technologies, a joint venture of ENSERCH Corporation of Dallas and Transco Energy Ventures of Houston, converted the truck in Texas, and it was shipped to Washington.
 Glenewinkel also won a home refueling appliance, which will allow her to "fill-up" from the same gas line that feeds the furnace and kitchen range. The typical overnight "fill-up" takes from 4-6 hours. The home refueling compressor, donated by FuelMaker Corporation of Dallas, is quieter than most residential air conditioning units.
 In a message to attendees at the Inaugural Ball, Texas Gov. Ann Richards praised the natural gas vehicle. "As the owner of a natural gas-powered car," she said, "I know firsthand how well today's clean- burning alternative fuels work. This natural gas-powered Ford truck is more than just a great vehicle. It's a symbol of Texas leadership today. It is proof that we can build products that are practical and appealing to consumers, friendly to the environment and that help create jobs."
 Other public officials who drive natural gas cars include Secretary of Energy-designate Hazel O'Leary, Oklahoma Gov. David Walters, Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, Sen. Charles Robb (D-Va.), Rep. Bob Wise (D-W.Va.), Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, former Sen. Tim Wirth (D-Colo.) and T. Boone Pickens, chairman of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.
 State-of-the-ary as much as 90 percent and produces virtually no evaporative emissions. Vehicles running on cleaner- burning natural gas require less frequent oil changes and maintenance. At current prices, natural gas is about 70 cents per gallon equivalent of gasoline.
 American Gas Association President Michael Baly praised Texas natural gas companies and the Texas State Society. "What better way to kick-off the inaugural festivities," he said, "than to provide this opportunity for a lucky person to drive one of the cleanest and most efficient vehicles in this country. Natural gas vehicles can help provide American jobs, reduce imported oil, help clean-up the environment, and save consumers money," Baly said.
 According to Gene Fondren of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association: "Natural gas is definitely in play right now, and we like staying ahead of the curve. We are delighted to be a participant in this event and the focus of attention on this great motor vehicle technology and on the value of natural gas as an economical clean burning fuel."
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 /CONTACT: Carol Olmstead for the Texas State Society, 301-530-2112/


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