The City of Tulsa hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate Oklahoma's largest CNG fueling station Monday morning.
The facility is located at 4241 South Galveston Avenue.
Speakers included Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael J. Teague, Northeast Waste Solutions President Jason Kannady and Tom Sewell of Blue Energy Fuels.
Blue Energy Fuels operates the new West Tulsa depot for New Solutions - the company which picks up Tulsa's trash. Part of the contract requires New Solutions to use trucks powered by CNG.
The company has 41 CNG powered trash trucks. Just putting one of them in service instead of a diesel-burning truck is the air quality equivalent of taking 325 cars off the road.
"The smell is gone. They actually run quieter. A lot of customers kind of think it's, well it's kind of an inconvenience, cause they don't hear the trash man coming," said New Solutions President Jason Kannady.
Statistics from the Alternative Fuels Data Center show Oklahoma is third in the nation for the number of CNG stations.