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February 7, 2013

City’s natural gas pump should be up and running in 2-3 weeks

Somerset —  

Did you ever blow a gasket? Personally or mechanically that’s not a good thing.
It happened to the city’s compressed natural gas pump that accepts credit cards. This is the reason for delay in making the pump available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  “We got it started, cranked it up, and too much pressure or something blew the head gasket,” laughed Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler. He conceded this may not be the exact name for the part that blew its top, but anyway, the piece has been ordered and should be here next week, the mayor said.
  “(The compressed natural gas pump) should be operational within the next two or three weeks,” Girdler said.
  “It looks like any other pump at a service center,” said Girdler. “It will be open 24/7, measure the amount of natural gas pumped, and accept credit cards,” he noted. 
  Girdler said sometime ago the public will be able to purchase compressed natural gas for about $1.50 a gallon. He believes lower prices for compressed natural gas will modify regular gasoline prices.
  The mayor believes natural gas powered vehicles are the thing of the future. The city is in the process of replacing its 75-vehicle fleet with cars and trucks that are powered with compressed natural gas.
  The mayor is excited about the amount of taxpayers’ money that can be saved by using compressed natural gas-powered vehicles.  “We’ll save 75 to 80 percent of the cost of fuel by switching to natural gas,” the mayor declared.
  Problem now is scarcity of locations to fill up with compressed natural gas. When Somerset first bought a natural gas powered Honda Civic, they had to take it to Wartburg, Tennessee for a fill-up. That was before Somerset opened the compressed natural gas facility, probably the first in the state, at City of Somerset Fuel Center on Chappells Dairy Road.

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