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Proposal Would Add Natural Gas Stations

The state Public Service Commission is considering a proposal that could put more natural gas stations on Georgia's highways.

Atlanta Gas Light wants to tap into a government fund to cover some of its expenses.

The money would come from a fee commercial natural gas customers pay to help build new pipelines.

AGL hasn't needed new pipelines as much in the recession.

PSC member Doug Everett says, using a surplus to build new stations is a good idea.

"That would allow us to put in another ten to 12 stations, giving people access to the product almost as easily as they have access to regular petroleum," Everett says. "They're going for more fleet use, such as UPS, FedEx, et cetera. They're going towards more waste management vehicles. They're going towards busses and cities."

The stations would fuel commercial vehicles -- not the public's.

The proposal does call for station owners to pay into a fund to help build public stations.

Natural gas proponents say, the fuel is cheaper, cleaner burning and more domestically available than gasoline.

But without roadside stations, they can't get drivers to retrofit vehicles.

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