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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores definitely loves compressed natural gas (CNG). The convenience store chain will add CNG fueling stations at 10 of its Oklahoma stores.
CNG fueling stations will be installed at the chain's already existing Altus, Chicksha, Guthrie, Guymon, Lawton, Norman, Okemah, Oklahoma City and Webbers Falls stores. The stations will be owned and operated in cooperation with Chesapeake Energy Corp., the second-largest U.S. producer of natural gas. Chesapeake is also headquartered in Oklahoma City.
Love's will now have a total of 11 CNG fueling stations. An additional CNG station will be announced at a later time. That location will also be in Oklahoma.
"We are pleased at Love's to join with Chesapeake Energy to add CNG fueling stations at a time when demand is growing for natural gas as a transportation fuel in Oklahoma," said Jenny Love Meyer, Love's director of communications, in a company press release unveiled earlier today. "Every year more companies are converting their fleets to run on CNG."
Love's efforts coincide with alternative fuel legislation implemented by Oklahoma politicians in 2009. "Understanding how the increased demand for domestic natural gas benefits Oklahoma's economy, Oklahoma lawmakers enacted model legislation and other states could adopt to spur CNG infrastructure development and natural gas demand creation," said Taylor Shinn, senior director of corporate development at Chesapeake. "Today, in large part because of the commitment of Love's, Oklahoma is on its way to having over 100 public CNG fueling stations located along major transportation corridors."
Love's operates 280 travel stops and convenience stores.