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Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at CamTran’s natural gas fueling station

The newest compressed natural gas fueling station in Pennsylvania opened Thursday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (WJAC)

JOHNSTOWN -- The newest compressed natural gas fueling station in Pennsylvania opened Thursday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Local officials and dignitaries participated in the ceremony at the CamTran headquarters on Maple Avenue in the Woodvale section of the city.

The station is the first of 29 new stations being built in the state by Utah-based Trillium CNG and one of six that will be open to residents with cars that run on natural gas.

"We're very excited and we cooperated with the state, and in turn, they get us the funding we need to do the projects,” CamTan Chairman Ed Cernic Jr. said. “We make sure the projects we do are cost-beneficial to the people, and that's how we go."

Trillium said CNG fuel is a more affordable option, especially in Pennsylvania, because of the abundance of Marcellus Shale underground.

"Our customers are very interested in two things about the price of natural gas,” said William Zobel, vice president of sales, marketing and strategy for Trillium CNG. “One is that the price is steady and fairly reliable over the long term. And two, that it's very low relative to diesel fuel and gasoline.

Cernic said using natural gas will save them approximately 40 to 50 cents per gallon over diesel fuel.

CamTran currently has seven CNG-fueled buses in its fleet and more have been ordered.

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