Feb 1

CNG Forum Held at Panola College

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CNG Forum Held at Panola College

Officials Say The Future of Energy Independence is Here

Carthage, Texas - Some say the future of energy independence is gaining ground in East Texas. Officials met for the Compressed Natural Gas Forum at Panola College in Carthage, Texas today to discuss what CNG is– and can do for the Ark-La-Tex.

Remember when you could get by with paying $1.89 for gas? Supporters of Natural Gas in our area say we can get back there and the answer could be right underneath your nose. Dr. Ken Morgan is the Director of The Energy Institute at Texas Christian University. He says, “(People will see) how much cleaner burning it is, and how much of a bargain it is for every american including companies, industries and right there at your house.” Hundreds met for the Natural Gas Forum at Panola College Tuesday morning. Their goal was to educate the public and address issues facing the country’s energy independence. Officials say the natural gas revolution will be started by the average American. “I don’t think it’ll come down from Washington, lets be honest, I think it’ll be more grassroots. It’s cheaper, the economy demands it and you’re sitting on top of it,” Dr. Morgan said.

“Panola county historically, has been one of the largest producers of natural gas in the state of Texas. So, it was a natural fit for us and compressed natural gas is the wave of the future.” said Panola College President Gregory Powell. Panola College’s Petroleum Technology Program is one of the schools largest fields of study. And the ark-la-tex is prime for natural gas industries. Cheniere energy is building a natural gas export facility in Louisiana. “It’s about an 11 billion dollar investment into the region and we’ll be able to export about 2.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. There’s a real price advantage that we have here and an opportunity to create jobs and economic opportunity in the U.S.” said Jason French with Cheniere Energy.

Right now, natural gas powers more than 12 million vehicles on the road today. Unfortunately, only 250,000 of those are being used in the U.S. One of the biggest problems with switching over to cng cars is that there aren’t a lot of places to fuel up. Around the world there are 12 thousand stations but there are only 500 public compressed natural gas stations in the us and only 6 here in the Ark-La-Tex. Officials hope to plan for more stations as the demand increases.