CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- With shale drilling booming in southeastern Ohio, one local company looks to be on the vanguard of the newest fuel technology: compressed natural gas.
Doug Hartley, President of the Hartley Company, told AVC News that his company is interested in opening a CNG filling station in Cambridge to help speed the development of the CNG market in our area.
"Obviously, the Hartley Company has been in the fuel industry all of our life. And so, when the next big thing in fuel comes out, we wanted to research it" said Hartley on Tuesday. "With that kind of opportunity, one of the big things is making sure you're first in the market. So that's why we decided to actively pursue it."
Hartley said that his company has contacted local governments and vehicle dealers, many of whom have shown interest in exploring the usefulness of compressed natural gas vehicles. But Hartley said responses have been tentative, since the technology is so new to people living in the budding Utica Shale.
Hartley said his company plans to develop a CNG filling station at the corner of Steubenville Avenue and N. 11th Street in the coming months, and will begin utilizing the technology on part of the Hartley Company's fleet at that time. The station could later be opened to public use.
Jerry Hutton, Director of Clean Fuels Ohio, said that many consumers have never seen a natural gas vehicle for sale in Ohio, but that any Ford, Chrysler, GM or Honda dealership in the country can order an NGV on a customer's behalf.
AVC News will keep you posted as plans for a local CNG station progress.