“Natural gas is the cleanest readily available fuel for large trucks, and the construction of a CNG fueling facility, coupled with converting diesel-powered trucks to CNG-powered vehicles, is providing real, quantifiable, and significant reductions in greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions while displacing the use of petroleum and helping further the Town’s commitment to energy conservation,” said Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor, John Venditto.
Furthermore, the other Long Island CNG station, also funded by the ARRA, will operate 24/7 and will be open to the public. With a portion of the funding, Suffolk County retrofitted three plow trucks to run on natural gas, adding to their existing fleet of 31 NGVs. The total project cost will be $5,061,739, with the Department of Energy contributing $2,129,000 and Suffolk County accounting for $2,932,739 in cost share.
“I am very pleased that the Department of Energy and federal funding I supported through the Recovery Act will be used to help deliver this new station in Westhampton. This new facility will save taxpayer money by reducing fuel costs for Suffolk County, and will also reduce vehicle emissions so it’s truly a win-win for the community,” said congressman Tim Bishop, who attended the opening ceremony.
Source: Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition.