Starting at the end of this year, owners of natural gas vehicles will have a place to fill up in Bridgeport. On Thursday, it was announced that the Exxon Station at Charles Pointe will have a compressed natural gas fueling station.
"Natural gas really gives West Virginia a great opportunity to be at the forefront of what's going to be the new fuel for all of our motor vehicles," said Harrison County Commission Mike Romano.
Although CNG vehicles are not yet popular for everyday drivers, some large companies are converting their fleets. Antero, Chesapeake and EQT are some of them. Experts believe the benefits of natural gas will lead some people to change.
"Compressed natural gas is very clean. 30% less carbon dioxide, 75% less carbon monoxide, and 95% less particulate matter. It is a domestic resource we have right here in West Virginia right under our feet," TJ Meadows, CNG Business Manager for West Virginia.
Commissioners said the area needs to capitalize on that.
"It's an abundant source of fuel right here in West Virginia. Our people drill it, our people produce it, our people sell it and if we can keep that value here in West Virginia, that's going to be different than any other natural resource that's been extracted from this state," said Romano.
If you drive a natural gas vehicle, your experience at the gas station will be very similar to the way it is now except instead of choosing diesel or gasoline, you'll chose natural gas.
"Pull up, hook in, fuel, pay and be on your way," said Meadows.
The biggest change you'll probably notice is in your pockets.
"You talk about compressed natural gas at $2.10 a gallon on a national average. Gasoline at $3.54 and diesel at $4.03," said Meadows.
There will be similar stations in Jane Lew, Charleston and Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.