Pickens to talk about adding alternative fuel stations on Coast

Billionare financier and alternative energy guru T. Boone Pickens is scheduled to visit with Gov. Phil Bryant, Coast lawmakers and others in Jackson on Wednesday, to discuss the opening of natural gas vehicle filling stations, starting with Harrison and Jackson counties.

“The first of these stations are going to be at WastePro fueling stations on the Coast, in Jackson and Harrison counties,” said state Rep. Hank Zuber, R-Ocean Springs. “It is my understanding they will be open to the public as well.”

Bryant, who has called for shifting state-owned vehicles to natural gas, is scheduled to discuss that effort with Pickens.

Florida-based WastePro, a waste management company with operations throughout the Southeast, is investing $100 million to expand alternative fuels use with its vehicles, with Pickens’ Clean Energy Fuels Corp. helping design and construct fueling docks. WastePro has previously announced the purchase of an initial 150 natural-gas fueled trucks.

Sun Herald
3/20/12