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Published April 29, 2014, 05:36 PM

Alternative fuel options gaining popularity

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As gas prices continue to rise, so does support for the use of alternative fuels.

By: Steve Manney, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As gas prices continue to rise, so does support for the use of alternative fuels.

The North Dakota Clean Cities Coalition hosted a workshop on an alternative fuel option that's gaining popularity: Natural Gas.

Bob Moffitt/ ND Clean Cities Program: "We're used to natural gas as a fuel that we use in our stove and heat our water."

Compressed natural gas, or CNG, is cleaner than regular gasoline, but supporters really love the price.

Lee Kirby/ District Manager, General Motors: "I'm gonna pay $3.75 a gallon for gasoline and 1.70 for CNG boy that adds up really quick."

You might not have heard of them yet, but there are plenty of cars out there already running on natural gas.

General Motors sells a CNG powered Chevy Silverado and Impala, and plans to unveil more down the road; but our area might not be ready to change fuel sources yet.

Your standard gas station can be found on any corner, but if you want to fill your vehicle with natural gas, there's only one place in North Dakota to do it, and before that can change, there are still several steps to take.

Moffitt: "They call it the classic chicken and egg. Will people buy natural gas vehicles if there are no pumps? Will people install pumps if there are no natural gas vehicles? I think both sides can move forward, and I'm happy to say that's happening."

While compressed natural gas won't take you as far per tank as gasoline, running about 10 to 15 percent less in miles per gallon, supporters say the low fuel costs will be more than enough to make up for it.

The only natural fuel station in the state is in Williston.

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