PITTSBURGH COMPANIES PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL GAS VEHICLES
PITTSBURGH COMPANIES PLAY MAJOR ROLE
IN DEVELOPMENT OF NATURAL GAS VEHICLES
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of the major roles Equitable Gas Co. and The Peoples Natural Gas Co. are playing in the development of natural gas fueled vehicles, natural gas executives from across the nation will be in Pittsburgh today for a meeting of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, including Coalition National Chairman T. Boone Pickens, it was announced today.
Equitable and Peoples have been very active in the development of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in place of gasoline or diesel fuel. This week, the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) placed three natural gas fueled buses funded by Equitable into regular transit service. The buses are part of a U.S. Department of Transportation study of the use of natural gas as a cleaner, less polluting fuel for mass transit vehicles.
Natural gas fueled vehicles have many advantages over traditionally fueled vehicles. Natural gas vehicles emit significantly less carbon monoxide and reactive hydrocarbons, which cause smog; natural gas powered vehicles are safer; and natural gas is in plentiful supply and domestically produced.
Peoples converted its first vehicle to natural gas in 1982. Today the company has a fleet of over 270 of its own vehicles operating on natural gas. In 1990, a transit bus purchased by Peoples' parent company, Consolidated Natural Gas Company, was brought to Altoona, Pa., in the first revenue service test of a natural gas fueled bus in Pennsylvania.
Another natural gas vehicle project involves Peoples Gas, the Pennsylvania Energy Office and the Indiana District Office of PennDOT, where Peoples constructed a natural gas fueling station for the PennDOT district office. PEO is providing funding to convert PennDOT's fleet to operate on natural gas.
In cooperation with the Pine Richland School District and the Bauman Bus Company, Peoples is also participating in a project involving the use of natural gas to fuel school buses. Bauman Bus Company, the bus carrier for the school district, has converted two school buses to run exclusively on natural gas. Peoples' refueling station in Gibsonia, Pa., serves as the site for Bauman to refuel the test vehicles.
Equitable has several natural gas vehicle projects in addition to the PAT bus program, which also included the construction of a natural gas fueling station at PAT's West Mifflin, Pa., garage.
Equitable's natural gas vehicle projects include its own fleet vehicles and 59 vehicles owned by outside organizations, such as two natural gas vans owned by the City of Pittsburgh; 18 police and municipal vehicles owned by the City of McKeesport, Pa.; four police and four dump trucks owned by Ross Township, Pa.; seven delivery vans owned by Iron City Industrial Laundry; and six pick-up trucks owned by Triangle Messenger Service.
The Executive Committee of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition meeting in Pittsburgh is chaired by John V. Milantoni, president of Equitable Gas Co., and includes among its members Roger Wright, president of The Peoples Natural Gas Co. Pickens is general partner of Mesa Limited Partnership.
The Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition was formed in 1988 to promote the benefits of natural gas powered vehicles. It includes more than 120 members ranging from local natural gas utilities, pipelines and gas producers to government agencies, non-profit groups and academics.
/CONTACT: Mike Stack of Equitable Gas Company, 412-553-5808, or Elmore Lockley of Peoples Natural Gas Company, 412-497-6742/ CO: Equitable Gas Company; Peoples Natural Gas Company ST: Pennsylvania IN: OIL SU: CD -- PG003 -- 4297 11/14/91 09:37 EST