In May WM opened a similar CNG station located in Wheeling Illinois. That station opened with 40 filling bays and is used to fuel WM’s six CNG powered trucks that operate in and around the city of Chicago. The Camden station will be used to fuel WM’s fourteen CNG powered trucks as well as allow the public to have access to CNG—and with CNG costing around $1.79 a gallon equivalent those who use CNG will no doubt be flocking to the station. And much of this gas even comes from WM’s own landfills.
WM sees the fueling station as a major step that will allow WM’s fleet to grow from fourteen in New Jersey to forty five by the end of the summer. According to WM a fleet of forty five CNG powered vehicles will yield an emission reduction to the equivalent of removing 3,500 gas fueled vehicles from the road.
The station will be operated by Petrocard and will be self service and open twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. Headquarted in Kent, Washington, PetroCard, Inc. was acquired by BBNC in 1985. Its main focus of business had been in providing fuel to businesses operating fleets of commercial vehicles.
PetroCard’s growth over the last few years is attributed to the acquisitions of nine companies. These acquisitions added cardlock locations and new business lines: mobile fueling, the wholesaling of lubrications and motor oils, fuel wholesaling and transportation, and a network of 100 retail fuel dealers. PetroCard has leveraged its cardlock fueling experience to build a multifaceted company. With over 180 employees and 8 offices within the state of Washington and Oregon, PetroCard has gone from 25 million gallons to 330 million gallons of fuel sales.
There are many draw backs to CNG powered vehicles. Most notably the amount of space within the vehicle taken up by the CNG storage tanks and the negative environmental and human health impact caused by various methods used to extract natural gas from the Earth.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.