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Brief -- Texas Natural Gas Foundation

The Texas Natural Gas Foundation (TXNG) was recently formed by State Rep. Jason Isaac and Ken Morgan, director of the Texas Christian University Energy Institute. "Natural gas is clean-burning, domestically-produced, and an efficient source of energy for industry and transportation," said Isaac, a transportation consultant. He noted in particular the use of natural gas for fleet vehicles like buses and local delivery vehicles. "Despite the drop at the pump in gasoline and diesel prices, Texas natural gas still offers better value for fleet users. These are vehicles that normally produce a disproportionate share of air emissions, but when fueled with natural gas, they're among the cleanest-burning," he said. TXNG will report energy production trends, new technology and economic impacts related to natural gas production in Texas. TXNG also plans to work with educators to develop a curriculum on natural gas for Texas students. "With the discovery of vast deposits of gas shales in the U.S., we have a great opportunity to use this cleaner-burning fuel for our domestic transportation needs, ranging from trucks, buses and cars to new potential uses for our railroad network and marine shipping business," Morgan said. TXNG will host a workshop on Nov. 12 in Spring, TX, that will give fleet managers, marine operators, and exploration and production companies the opportunity to share information about transitioning to natural gas. For more information about the upcoming workshop or the foundation, visit www.txng.org.

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