CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by West Virginia Natural Gas and Oil Association (WVONGA), today announced the Capitol City will host the 2013 Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference at the Charleston Civic Center, May 13-15, 2013.
"West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of natural gas, and our state has the opportunity to showcase our commitment to using this resource at the 2013 Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference in 2013," Gov. Tomblin said. "I will invite 12 governors, who share in my commitment to operate state vehicle fleets on natural gas, to join us for this event. The Expo will provide the opportunity for cities, counties and private businesses from throughout the country to learn more about using this natural resource as a fueling option for their fleets."
"Governor Tomblin's dedication to converting the state fleet to natural gas vehicles will not only provide a cost savings on fuel but will give all West Virginian's a chance to embrace this fuel source that we can produce right here in the Mountain State," said Bob Orndorff, Board President of WVONGA. "Next year's expo and conference will showcase opportunities with conversion accessories, heavy equipment and vendors for West Virginians to learn from and explore."
Earlier this month, Gov. Tomblin brought together public and private sector transportation, government and natural gas industry experts to form the Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. This task force is exploring the possibility of using clean burning natural gas to fuel West Virginia's transportation needs. Gov. Tomblin also has signed a memorandum of understanding, which involves 12 other governors, in support of using natural gas powered vehicles in the state fleet.
Amy Shuler Goodwin