Monday, August 16, 2010

Benge Honored For Natural Gas Advocacy

House Speaker Chris Benge was honored by NGV America and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation this week for his efforts to advance the development of natural gas vehicles and stations in Oklahoma and beyond.

Benge was the only elected official this year who was awarded the 2010 National Natural Gas Vehicle Achievement Award. Verizon, Choice Environmental Services, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Joseph Noorlag with Republic Services, Inc., and Ron Gulmi with National Grid also received the award.

According to a press release issued by NGV America announcing the winners, Benge was recognized “for his leadership in advancing natural gas vehicle development in his state,” and for being a “tireless advocate of using both the country’s and the state’s resources for transportation.”

The release sited several bills authored by Benge, including the Oklahoma Energy Security Act which seeks to increase Oklahoma’s usage of natural gas as a transportation alternative to traditional fossil fuels.

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