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Funds sought for natural gas stations in Colorado

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – Gov. Bill Ritter and his energy office are teaming up with Clean Energy, a gas supplier, to apply for a $10 million federal grant to expand use of compressed natural gas for transportation fuel in Colorado.

The grant would help finance a $27.6 million plan to deploy 68 heavy-duty natural gas vehicles in key industry fleets and build five new compressed natural gas fueling stations in the state.

The governor’s office says a vehicle using natural gas cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent and nearly eliminates such harmful pollution as sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide and volatile organic compounds, which contribute to smog.

Colorado has 18 fueling stations that sell natural gas. The state is a major natural gas producer.

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