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    Town of Hornbeck to install CNG Station in Leesville

    For Immediate Release: Town of Hornbeck to install Compressed Natural Gas Station in Leesville
    Monday, March 31, 2014

    Contact:

    Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director
    Louisiana Clean Fuels
    225-342-7972
    [email protected]

    Lauren Lambert-Tompkins, Co-Coordinator
    Louisiana Clean Fuels
    225-485-2522
    [email protected]

    LEESVILLE, La.-The Town of Hornbeck announced Friday its plan to install a fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station in Leesville. The announcement took place across the street from the future location of the CNG Station, at 1001 N. 6th Street, Leesville.

    The CNG station will be open to public and private use. The Town of Hornbeck has received commitments from Progressive Waste Solutions in Vernon Parish to use the stations once their fleet is converted to CNG.

    Hornbeck Mayor Clarence Beebe stated, “I believe natural gas is positioned to be the number one alternative fuel to help the U.S. achieve energy independence.”

    Mayor Beebe cited four key factors in the Hornbeck’s choice to invest in alternative fuels:

    Natural Gas is abundant. “America is the number one producer of natural gas in the world,” said Mayor Beebe. “In 2011, Louisiana ranked second in natural gas production behind Texas, producing more than 3 million cubic feet of natural gas.”

    Natural gas is clean. Mayor Beebe stated that “the emissions from natural gas used as a transportation fuel is 80 per cent less than gasoline or diesel.”

    Natural gas is affordable. “Depending on the application,” said Mayor Beebe, “natural gas offers a 30-50 per cent savings over other fuels.”

    Natural gas is safe. He stated, “Natural gas is lighter than air. If, and when, you have a leak, it will dissipate quickly."

    The Town of Hornbeck already manages a significant natural gas system throughout Vernon Parish, so there is a natural progression for the town council to begin offering CNG to local businesses and install a CNG station.

    Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels, stated “Hornbeck is a little town with big ideas. I believe that this announcement will encourage other municipalities to follow their lead. The use of alternative fuels in transportation is not just better for the environment, it makes fiscal sense; we produce natural gas in our own state—let’s use it.”

    City of Leesville Mayor Robert Rose spoke on Leesville and Hornbeck’s collaboration, “The Town of Hornbeck will be helping the parish government, local industry and local consumers realize the same cost saving benefits. Welcome to Leesville, Mayor Beebe. We're glad you've decided to open up shop here."

    According to Progressive Waste Solutions, conversion of its fleet to natural gas helps municipalities meet targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reduces pollution in the neighborhoods they serve.

    Mayor Beebe will be a speaker at the Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo, May 16th at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The conference is free and open to the public, but you must register online to attend at http://louisianacleanfuels.org/meetinginfo.php 

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is a 501(c)3 non-profit Clean Cities Coalition. The mission of LCF is to advance that state’s environmental, economic and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. As a member of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, LCF strives to achieve these goals by employing a variety of strategies including the promotion of alternative fuel vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.

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