Replacing diesel in order to protect the environment
Puerto Rico authorizes the introduction of CNG in its main mass transit system
Last week, the Senate pass the bill on the adoption of CNG in the San Juan-based Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA). The author of law 2283, Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez, said that although the initiative also includes propane gas, this last mentioned fuel option will be used "temporarily" because the real objective is natural gas, just like happens in different countries worldwide.
"Recently, we have read reports on the serious damage to health caused by diesel fumes and, as a consequence, the global trend shows how important is natural gas to fight against that. For example, in Los Angeles, the 99.6 percent of its public transport fleet is powered by natural gas. The current Administration’s Energy Conservation Act is already effective, which precisely intends to achieve cleaner and cheaper energy alternatives," argued Seilhamer, who is also the Senate’s majority spokesman.
Regarding the implementation of hybrid vehicles, he said that, although they are environmentally successful, its price is much higher. "With natural gas we achieve the same results in terms of meeting clean air goals and it is less expensive both vehicle maintenance and fuel consumption," the lawmaker stated, as published by El Nuevo Día.
Finally, Seilhamer reported that the General Services Administration (GSA) has endorsed the measure.