Bryant, Pickens tout natural gas as vehicle fuel

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and oil-and-gas investor T. Boone Pickens say using natural gas to fuel vehicles can provide savings for Mississippi government and businesses.

Appearing together Wednesday at the state Capitol along with other business executives, the pair said compressed natural gas provides cheaper fuel than gasoline, with the advantage of exploiting American resources instead of paying other countries for oil.

Bryant’s own administration is going slow on converting vehicles, seeking bids on changing over only 10 of the state’s more than 7,000 vehicles as a test.

But other businesses have bigger plans. Waste Pro USA, which collects trash in a number of Mississippi communities, plans to build two natural-gas fueling stations, one each in coastal Jackson and Harrison counties. It also plans to convert to natural-gas fueled trucks.