Submitted by Susan Shifflett, RRC Southeastern Representative:
On Thursday, April 10, in conjunction with J-W Power and Centerpoint Energy, the Railroad Commission hosted the first Natural Gas Vehicle Forum for the City of Victoria and Victoria County.
A big thank you to the event’s sponsors: Tom Parrow: J-W Power and Justin Stiff: Centerpoint Energy
Dr. Bill Epling, University of Houston and President of the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, moderated the information packed sessions. Steve Altus, Anadarko, kicked off the event with a State of the Union presentation on why Natural Gas is so important to our Local, State and National economies.
Jimmy Roppolo, with United Ag: El Campo, gave a first-hand fleet experience describing their CNG vehicles’ performance and their new public CNG Station located in El Campo, Texas. Anthony Foster, Pioneer Natural Resources, gave a strategic look at their CNG usage in their fleet and drilling operations. Eddie Murray, Southwestern Energy, gave a comprehensive presentation to why we are using CNG as a transportation fuel. Frank Chapel with Apache rounded the morning session out focusing on Apache’s CNG Vehicle Program and in Exploration & Production.
Sponsor, Tom Parrow, J-W Energy, gave a comprehensive overview on J-W Power’s CNG Compression equipment that led to the afternoon’s refueling panel that included John Athon: Freedom CNG, Dustin Cotton: Gain CNG, Mark Gamber: Clean Energy, and Bob Lukefahr: Nat-G. The panel was moderated by Justin Stiff, Centerpoint Energy. Railroad Commission’s Susan Shifflett wrapped up the event with an overview on the funding opportunities available for Texas.
The Expert Refueling Panel
From Left to Right: John Athon: Freedom CNG, Dustin Cotton: Gain CNG,
Bob Lukefahr: Nat-G, and Mark Gamber: Clean Energy
From Left to Right: Frank Chapel: Apache, Steve Altus: Anadarko,
Tom Parrow: J-W Power, and Donald Sohrt: Apache
Frank Chapel, Apache, summarized the event the best. “Don’t be discouraged by the lower than anticipated turnout. Your efforts have provided the “jump start” they have needed to begin considering natural gas as a transportation fuel. “