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CHARLESTON, WV — IGS Energy CNG Services is getting closer to fulfilling its promise of enabling people to drive from Charleston to Pittsburgh in a vehicle burning compressed natural gas.

The company's CNG filling station in Bridgeport should be open by Sept. 1, and construction began Aug. 6 on a station in Charleston. One at Jane Lew should be open by the end of the year, said T.J. Meadows, IGS state manager for West Virginia.

Partner companies Chesapeake Energy, Antero Resources and EQT, along with the state of West Virginia, have committed to purchase and operate CNG-fueled vehicles along the Charleston-Pittsburgh corridor, Meadows said as construction began in Charleston.

The fueling stations in West Virginia will provide the infrastructure to persuade others to consider and buy CNG vehicles, he said.

"With the infrastructure in place, it really opens the door for business and consumers alike," Meadows said.

IGS is putting the infrastructure in place and letting the market decide whether it wants CNG vehicles, he said. Meadows said about 250,000 CNG vehicles are in use nationally.

"We've got a better, cheaper, more abundant way to fuel vehicles. The market, we fell, will take advantage of that," he said.

IGS Energy CNG Services announced Jan. 17 that it would construct and operate a $10 million CNG fueling corridor in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Three stations would be built in West Virginia and one at Mount Morris, Pa. All will be open to the public.

The CNG corridor was the first announced in West Virginia since the exploitation of natural gas from the region's Marcellus Shale began in the past decade.

CNG offers a 30 percent to 50 percent fuel cost savings when compared to gasoline, Meadows said.