WV GOVERNOR WANTS THE STATE TO MOVE TO AFVS/NGVS

On Friday, at a meeting of the West Virginia’s State Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he would like to see all state vehicles stop using gasoline and use alternative energy sources like natural gas. Tomblin held a round-table discussion with members of his task force, which he created in July. The task force is made up of elected and non-elected officials from across West Virginia with the goal of giving the state’s chief executive the best recommendations when it comes to running cars and trucks on natural gas. The governor said he’s adamant about the program and wants to get more than just the state involved. “Considering we are paying about $4 a gallon for either gasoline or diesel, we can get the same thing with natural gas for about $1.70 to $1.90 a gallon,” Tomblin said. “If we could just start our 55 counties with just one fueling station to allow the state, city, county all to use them, I think that would encourage private businesses to convert their vehicles over.” The governor said the task force is getting organized and that it will hold meetings across the state.