- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming’s top state officials plan to vote Thursday on a $767,000 state grant to help build a compressed natural gas station in Jackson to fuel up buses and other vehicles specially equipped to run on the gas.

The Wyoming Business Council previously recommended funding the project with a loan rather than a grant. Local officials say a loan won’t work financially.

The proposal before the five-member State Loan and Investment Board is for a grant. At least two statewide officials - State Auditor Cynthia Cloud and State Treasurer Mark Gordon - support the project, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (https://bit.ly/1eGyZtb).

Proponents of the CNG station say it would jump-start the virtually nonexistent market for compressed natural gas vehicles in Jackson Hole.

The CNG station would be built at Shervin’s Independent Oil on U.S. 26-89-189-191. Proponents point out that new infrastructure that would supply the CNG station is in place.

Lower Valley Energy recently built a $30 million pipeline to move gas from fields in neighboring Sublette County to Jackson Hole.

“If the state wants to sell Wyoming natural gas to Wyoming residents, this is one of the ways they can do it,” said Shelley Simonton, former executive director of Energy Conservation Works, a local joint powers board backing the project.

Jackson Mayor Mark Barron, Teton County Commissioner Ben Ellis and others plan to travel to Cheyenne on Thursday to lobby for the project.

“We have the potential to build a huge market for compressed natural gas,” Barron said.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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