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Companies make the switch to CNG fuel

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Eagle Distributors in Shreveport is doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint. Operations Manager Doug Jones says their transition from diesel-fueled vehicles to ones that run on compressed natural gas will "cut about 22 tons of greenhouse gas emissions". The company has transitioned 23 vehicles to CNG fuel, and with the area's Haynesville Shale, there's a bountiful supply of a cleaner energy source.

Brad Nichols, president of Eagle Distributors, says that when the company "started looking at alternative fuels, CNG was the one that was in our own back yard". But the company's decision to switch to the alternative fuel wasn't made overnight-it was a decision four years in the making.

Another company in the Ark-La-Tex has made the switch to CNG fuel and they'll soon be bringing the option to the public. Trey Smith, from Ivan Smith Furniture, says their company sees CNG as "the fuel of the future".

Ivan Smith will be opening a CNG fueling station near their warehouse located on West 70th Street in Shreveport. They're anticipating the location to be up an running by the end of 2013. This new station will open the door for more companies to make the switch to compressed natural gas.

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