Gov. making natural gas vehicle push

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s abundant natural gas supply has Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin seeking to fuel at least some of state government’s vehicles with this alternative fuel.

 

Officials say Tomblin plans to order a cost-benefit analysis of switching at least part of the vehicle fleet from gasoline and diesel.

 

Those who have been asked to serve on the resulting task force say the move is a chance to improve the country’s energy security.

 

Tomblin is also among a bipartisan group of 13 state governors that’s declared support for converting their fleets. The governors signed an April letter to auto makers to encourage the development of natural gas vehicles.

 

The governor earlier included the topic in his January State of the State address.

 

West Virginia briefly explored alternative fuel vehicles in the 1990s.

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