Butler County's 1st natural gas station open for business

| Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

Giant Eagle Inc. opened Butler County's first natural gas refueling station on Thursday at a spot that gas boosters hope will be crucial for the expanded use of natural gas in the region's cars.

The station is at a GetGo on Route 228 in Cranberry, near both Interstate 79 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, one of the busiest junctures in Western Pennsylvania.

“We have offered various alternative fuels at select GetGo locations for a number of years, and are excited to be introducing (compressed natural gas) into this mix,” said Dave Daniel, Giant Eagle's vice president of GetGo operations. “We're excited to make CNG widely available outside of downtown Pittsburgh.”

In part because of production from Marcellus shale regions, CNG now is half the price of gasoline, leading several companies nationwide to start converting their truck fleets to natural gas fuel. Giant Eagle is one of them, adding more than 20 natural gas-fueled trucks.

Gas drillers and advocates are hoping that leads to more filling stations, encouraging the driving public to adopt the cheaper fuel.

Giant Eagle opened its first two CNG stations, including one open to the public, in Fairywood in 2011.

Timothy Puko is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7991 or tpuko@tribweb.com.

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