"Antero Resources believes that natural gas presents an unprecedented opportunity for providing a clean, domestic and abundant fuel for this country, thanks in large part to resources in West Virginia," said Paul Rady, chairman and CEO. "We are committed to converting our own vehicle fleet to run on CNG."
Compressed natural gas is about 30 percent to 50 percent cheaper than conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel, Meadows said, and it is also a cleaner burning fuel.
Compressed natural gas produces 30 percent less carbon dioxide than traditional fuels and 75 less carbon monoxide.
"It just really makes sense for companies and agencies to convert," he said.
Another benefit of converting vehicles to compressed natural gas is that the fuel is produced in the Mountain State, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said.
The conversion of vehicles will mean that more natural gas is used, which will mean production will increase, creating more jobs in the natural gas field around the state, Carper said.
Kanawha County has been at the forefront of pushing for conversion of fleets and has even purchased a sport utility vehicle that uses compressed natural gas. The Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority has also agreed to purchase eight buses powered by compressed natural gas.
Carper has committed to fueling the SUV at the Charleston station and is looking into whether the buses can fill their tanks there as well, even though he expects to have a compressed natural gas fueling station built at the transportation authority site in the near future.
He is also hoping to purchase more compressed natural gas vehicles for the county in the months to come.
"We hope to have vehicles used for prisoner transports and mental hygiene checks powered by compressed natural gas," he said.
The county is also looking at purchasing a compressed natural gas-powered pickup truck for the maintenance department in the near future, Carper said.
Charleston officials are also exploring natural gas options.
"We've been talking about either converting some of our vehicles or buying some," Mayor Danny Jones said, noting that the conversion of the city fleet would take some time.
"Charleston will begin to convert, but I don't think it we'll completely switch over in my lifetime," Jones said. "It has to work financially for us because we deal with the people's money."
Carper said it could cost $6,000 to $8,000 to convert a vehicle to run off compressed natural gas.
Jones added that the conversion makes sense for businesses and governmental agencies because it is cheaper in the long run, even though it does cost money to convert existing vehicles.
It is also good for national security because it lessens the country's dependence on foreign oil.
"It's good for our national security and our own personal financial security," he said.