Wed., 12:23pm: Experts say gas-producing states need fuel stations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Liquid and compressed natural gas could save drivers and companies money, but experts say gas-producing states like West Virginia can’t take advantage of them without pipelines and fueling stations.

Kathryn Clay is executive director of the Drive Natural Gas Initiative, an industry group focused on building infrastructure. The U.S. has 1,200 natural gas fueling stations nationwide, compared with 160,000 gasoline stations.

But Clay says the growth rate is accelerating.

Experts in Morgantown discussed challenges facing the industry Wednesday and policies that could stimulate demand and stabilize prices.

They say a push for natural gas vehicles failed in the 1980s because the market and technology were different. Today’s shale-gas boom has created an oversupply.

The U.S. is the world’s-largest gas producer but accounts for only 1 percent of natural gas vehicles.