On Tuesday, local and state officials gathered in Bridgeport to open a new fueling station that is the first of its kind in the state.
Residents will now be able to fill up at the state's first compressed natural gas fueling station.
The ribbon was cut by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin at the Exxon "On The Run" station located on Jerry Dove Drive off of I-79. The station is one of three that will be opened statewide.
Officials said natural gas is a cleaner and more affordable option for people to use. The natural gas equivalent of a gallon of gas is estimated to cost roughly $2.19.
State officials have already converted 20 vehicles to run on natural gas and Governor Tomblin said he believes this is only the beginning.
"Between this station and the one that will be completed in November in Charleston, as well as the one in Jane Lew, this will basically allow access to compressed natural gas all along I-79. We're certainly hoping that this spills over," said Tomblin.
Very few vehicles come off the lot able to run off compressed natural gas, but officials said many cars can be converted.
Sep 25, 2013 at 11:59 AMJerry Dove Drive exit.
Sep 25, 2013 at 8:07 AMWhat exit off I-79? I know of a couple Exxon stations off I-79 near Bridgeport.