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Hornbeck announces plans to install CNG station in Leesville

The following was released Friday by the Town of Hornbeck and the City of Leesville, listen for our coverage on Monday:

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LEESVILLE -- The Town of Hornbeck on Friday announced its plan to install a fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station in Leesville.
The City of Leesville hosted the announcement at the future location of the CNG Station, at 1001 N. 6th Street, Leesville.
"A compressed natural gas station located in Leesville will offer far-reaching economical benefits to the City of Leesville in terms of franchise fees and costs savings when we begin converting our own fleets. In addition the Town of Hornbeck will be helping the parish government, local industry and local consumers realize the same cost saving benefits. Welcome to Leesville Mayor Beebe. We're glad you've decided to open up shop here," said Leesville Mayor Robert Rose.
Beebe said he believes natural gas is positioned to be the number one alternative fuel to help the U.S. achieve energy independence,
"For a few reasons," said Beebe. "First, natural gas is abundant. America is the number one producer of natural gas in the world. In 2011, Louisiana ranked 2nd in natural gas production behind Texas, producing more than 3 million cubic feet of natural gas.
"Second, natural gas is clean. The emissions from natural gas used as a transportation fuel is 80 percent less than gasoline or diesel. Third, natural gas is affordable. Depending on the application, natural gas offers a 30-50 percent savings over other fuels. Fourth, natural gas is safe. Natural gas is lighter than air. If and when you have a leak, it will dissipate quickly."
The Town of Hornbeck already manages a significant natural gas system throughout Vernon Parish. Thus, it was an easy step for the town council to begin thinking about offering natural gas to local businesses and eventually to open a compressed natural gas station.
The Town of Hornbeck has also received commitments from Progressive Waste Solutions to begin converting its fleet to natural gas vehicles. Progressive Waste Solutions contracts with Vernon Parish for waste removal services and is an industry leader in fleet conversion to CNG.
In a 2013 press release, the company announced that it expects 50 to 55 percent of the total number of vehicles it purchases in Canada and the U.S., through the normal course replacement of its fleet, will be fuelled by compressed natural gas.
According to Progressive Waste Solutions, conversion of its fleet to natural gas helps municipalities meet targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reduces pollution in the neighborhoods they serve.

About CNG (from CNGnow.com)
Compressed Natural Gas is a clean, affordable and abundant alternative to gasoline. With gas prices continuing to rise, CNG is becoming one of the best alternative fuels available, since it costs about 50 percent less than gasoline or diesel, emits up to 80 percent fewer emissions than gasoline and can be found in abundance right here in Louisiana.
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