McClendon’s holy grail derailed – how CNG won’t work for average joe drivers

UPDATE 8/21/2014 CNG powered vehicle explosion under investigation …

UPDATE March 2012 Cummins NG engine recall…oops in freezing temps


The Star Telegram reported two years ago that “The ‘holy grail’ for the U.S. natural gas industry would be the development and widespread use of (natural) gas as a liquid motor fuel, Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon told a packed crowd at the World Shale Gas Conference & Exhibition…”

But read the comment from Bill Bell who says:

“I like the idea of using CNG to fuel vehicles. It really makes sense for vehicles that drive a lot of miles locally each year like taxis, buses, delivery and other fleet vehicles. For me I just don’t drive enough, 15,000 miles/year, to make it payback. To convert a vehicle to CNG costs a minimum of $8,000 and more typically $10,000 to $12,000. GM offers a CNG bi-fuel truck for $11,000 for fleet owners. Consumers cannot buy it. Honda has the Civic CNG for around $28,000 versus a non-CNG vehicle of similar size that can be purchased for under $20,000. Assume you get 25mpg and you can save $1.50/gge (gallon) and you drive 15,000 miles a year. It will take you 9 years to make the initial cost payback. The CNG tanks expire after 15 years essentially making the car worthless. Now you can do home fueling and get the savings per gallon higher, maybe $2.50/gge. But a home fueling station costs $5,000 plus about $2,000 to install. It hardly pays to do home fueling especially considering the maintenance costs of the unit. There are… « collapsed

…around 500 public CNG fueling stations across the US. vs. 180,000+ public gasoline stations. This makes cross country travel on dedicated CNG vehicles impractical.

In summary, I like CNG. It makes a lot of sense for high mileage/low mpg vehicles. For the average consumer the upfront cost create a payback that is too long especially considering the tanks expire after 15 years making the car essentially worthless.”


About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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