The new station will be operational 24/7 for public use and fleet operations. “This is just the beginning,” said NOPFA general manager Jim Reagan, after the ribbon-cutting to open the two-dispenser facility equipped by Tulsa Gas Technologies, which was also contracted to build a fuelling point in Stilwell, Adair County. Besides, the Cherokee Nation is putting finishing touches on its own CNG station at its Tahlequah tribal outpost.
In addition to the ARRA grant, the City of Tahlequah and U.S. Rep. John Sullivan has also partnered with NSU and NOPFA to secure funding for the project. Sullivan, who attended the opening ceremony, is an author of H.R. 1835, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions of 2011, or NAT GAS Act.
“Thanks to the leadership and vision of all our partners, Tahlequah and soon Stilwell will have access to CNG as an alternative fuel,” said Jerry Cook, NSU director of community and government relations. “This station will be an enhancement to the Tahlequah community and its economy. In the long term we want to see CNG systems operated in communities throughout northeast Oklahoma.”