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New public CNG station opens

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A new CNG station opens in Tulsa, and this one’s not just for fleet vehicles.

Apache Corporation opens its first ever public compressed natural gas filling station at the northwest corner of 51st and Yale.

Apache Corporation held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon with Mayor Bartlett and former State Speaker of the House Chris Benge.

Vice President for Apache’s central region Rob Johnston says the hope is to give CNG some momentum. He compared the state of CNG to the problem of the chicken and the egg.

“Right now the manufacturers won’t build vehicles until there are enough CNG stations, and there’s no reason to build CNG stations until there are enough vehicles," he said.

The public station isn’t the company’s core business. The primary target is still fleet vehicles.

“We’re not doing this for the same reason that Conoco has Phillips 66 stations,” Johnston said. “We don’t expect to make any money on this.

The new station is the seventh public CNG station in the Tulsa metro area.

At the time of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the price of CNG was $1.49 per gallon.