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For Immediate Release:
July 01, 2013
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre

305-951-0774

Chairwoman Sosa sponsors resolution to study the use of natural gas in County vehicles


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- With the United States poised to become the world’s leader in natural gas production, Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa is sponsoring a resolution to study the feasibility of using natural gas as a fuel alternative for the County’s sizeable fleet of vehicles.  

The Board of County Commissioners will take up the resolution at its meeting on July 2, 2013, meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1 St., Miami. 

“The emerging boom in domestic natural gas production is fueling hopes for energy independence for the United States. Exploring the feasibility of using natural gas for our vehicles could place Miami-Dade County at the forefront of this phenomenon,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “Using natural gas could also have other economic as well as environmental benefits, as it may be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than conventional fuels.” 

The proposed study would also look into the possibility of installing natural gas pumps at County vehicle pumping facilities and selling surplus fuel to other governmental entities as a potential revenue generator for the County. 

The use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, along with the discovery of new domestic sources of natural gas, has led to a dramatic increase in natural gas production in the United States. 

For more information on Resolution #131198, please call Chairwoman Sosa’s office at 305-375-4696.