DTC to hold nat­u­ral gas dis­cus­sion

City of Cov­ing­ton, MGAG host work­shop about fuel al­ter­na­tive

The Covington News - - Front page - By Rachel Oswald roswald@cov­news.com

The city of Cov­ing­ton and the Mu­nic­i­pal Gas Au­thor­ity of Ge­or­gia will be host­ing a panel on nat­u­ral gas fill­ing sta­tions and run­ning pub­lic ve­hi­cles on nat­u­ral gas on Tues­day at DeKalb Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

The city is ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of build­ing one or two nat­u­ral gas fill­ing sta­tions for the city’s fleet of ve­hi­cles, which would have to be retro­fit­ted to ac­cept nat­u­ral gas fuel.

The day­long ses­sion will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New­ton Cen­ter cam­pus of DeKalb Tech on Bob Wil­liams Park­way. In­ter­ested gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees and mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to at­tend.

City Man­ager Steve Horton said the city is in­ter­ested in col­lab­o­rat­ing with the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, the New­ton County Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Au­thor­ity and the New­ton County School Sys­tem on build­ing the fill­ing sta­tions.

“All of it is rel­a­tive to cap­i­tal costs,” Horton said. “Ideally, what we would like is to di­ver­sify our fleet so we’re run­ning off dif­fer­ent things.”

A move to nat­u­ral gas by the city’s 300 pieces of ma­chin­ery which op­er­ate on petroleum, in­clud­ing ap­prox­i­mately 150 ve­hi­cles, would not only save the city from pay­ing high prices for gaso­line but also con­trib­ute to the na­tion’s ef­forts to re­duce de­pen­dency on for­eign oil said Horton.

“The hope is that the gov­ern­ment is go­ing to drill new nat­u­ral gas wells,” he said. “Even if costs were to go up through the law of eco­nomics [on the

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