Lafayette looking at alternative fuels

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Lafayette County will take a look at switching to alternative fuels for some of its vehicles.

The Oxford Eagle reports that Supervisor Mike Pickens asked County Administrator Joseph Johnson to find out the cost of such a fuel-conversion project.

Pickens also wants the county working with the University of Mississippi and city of Oxford in a joint plan to use natural gas.

Pickens says natural gas would cost about a third of what the county is paying for gasoline now.

“We have a surplus of natural gas in this country and all the things that the politicians talk about what we need to do, we can do here locally,” he said.

Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson said the city has also considered alternative fuels but has not yet decided to move forward.

Patterson said the Oxford Police Department had considered changing to natural gas last year, but the issue of having less space in the smaller cars was a problem.