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For Immediate Release:
July 03, 2013
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre

305-951-0774

County Commission adopts resolution to study the use of natural gas in County vehicles


(MIAMI)  – Miami-Dade County could begin reaping the benefits of the United States’ stepped up production of natural gas thanks to a resolution sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to study the fuel’s use in County vehicles.

The resolution, which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners at its July 2, 2013, meeting, directs the County Mayor or his designee to prepare a report on the feasibility of using natural gas as a fuel alternative for County vehicles, the possibility of equipping existing County fuel-servicing facilities with natural gas dispensing capabilities and the revenue potential of allowing other governmental entities to purchase surplus natural gas from County facilities. The report will also address the possibility of public-private partnership to supply the natural gas.

The report will be submitted to the County Commission within 90 days.

“We need to move toward self-sufficiency and away from our dependency on foreign oil, and natural gas could provide the key,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “According to many experts, natural gas is also not only cheaper but also cleaner for the environment than conventional fuels.”

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.