Clean Energy co-founder T. Boone Pickens, a self-made Texas oil tycoon and energy entrepreneur, died on September 11 at age 91. The longtime Dallas resident died of natural causes surrounded by friends and family, according to boonepickens.com, citing spokesperson Jay Rosser.
The following is a statement by Andrew J. Littlefair, president and Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy:
“Words cannot express the sadness the Clean Energy family and myself feel at the loss of our co-founder, leader and friend. I worked closely with Boone for 32 years and he became a father-like-figure and true mentor to me.
If it wasn’t for his entrepreneurial vision to bring cleaner and domestic natural gas to the transportation market, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. would not exist today. Boone continued to serve on our board for over 20 years allowing us to rely on his extensive experience as the company grew from a handful natural gas fueling stations in California to over 500 across the country.
We will miss his devotion, humor, generosity and most of all, love.”
Pickens first promoted natural gas a “cleaner, less expensive transportation fuel” back in 1988, and in 1991, he became chairman of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. In 1997, Pickens Fuel Corp., the predecessor company of Clean Energy, opened in California. Four years later, Pickens sold 75% of the company to BC Gas, creating Clean Energy Fuels Corp., and repurchased the entire stake five years later in 2006. Today, the company operates more than 530 natural gas fueling stations in the U.S. and Canada.
Source: Clean Energy