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Press Release Details

OC Public Works Department Hosts Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting for New Compressed Natural Gas Station

For Immediate Release
April 27, 2009

Contact: Debbie Kroner
Public Information Officer

Santa Ana, CA—OC Public Works is hosting a grand opening/ribbon cutting at the site of the first County managed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station located at 2023 West Collins Avenue in Orange, CA. The event will be on February 26, 2010, at 11 a.m.

The keynote speaker will be Orange County Supervisor, Bill Campbell from the Third District. Invited guests include County Chief Executive Officer, Tom Mauk and his staff, the Southern California Air Quality Management District Board, Southern California Gas Company Officials, and the City of Orange’s City Council and City Manager.

“I am a strong proponent of Compressed Natural Gas and it is positive to see that the County is utilizing Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs),” commented Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell, “I am encouraging our residents with NGVs to visit our new station in Orange.”

Overall, natural gas is one of the cleanest burning alternative fuels available today. Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) can reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and reactive hydrocarbons, which form ground-level ozone (the principal ingredient of smog), by as much as 95 percent. NGVs can also reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by as much as 30 percent, carbon monoxide by 85 percent and carcinogenic particulate emissions by 99 percent.

Some added benefits of CNG are that it usually costs significantly less than a gasoline gallon equivalent at the pump in the Southern California Gas Company's service area. In addition, 30 years of experience and millions of problem-free miles driven by NGVs show that natural gas is an extremely safe fuel for vehicles.

NGVs often deliver the similar horsepower ratings to their diesel and gasoline-powered counterparts. Natural gas has an octane rating of approximately 130, compared to 91 octane gasolines. Because of the clean burning attributes of natural gas, NGVs generally have a longer engine life compared to most gasoline-powered vehicles.

The CNG Station is a product of state and local government collaboration to build an alternative energy facility for both the County’s and the public’s usage. There are currently 57 CNG vehicles in the County fleet. Since the opening of the County’s CNG station, there are now 10 public fueling stations in Orange County. The County’s attendant-free fueling facility is open to the public for (More) Compressed Natural Gas 3-3-3 retail purchases of CNG, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The County’s Fleet Maintenance Yard is also located at this site and tours of the Yard will be available immediately following the grand opening.

For further information, please contact Debbie Kroner at 714-834-5373 or Deborah Kroner