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EVO CNG and Trillium CNG are developing a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Fort Worth, TX, for freight hauler, Central Freight Lines. The CNG fueling depot, which is to open later this spring, will be Central Freight's third natural gas fueling facility in Texas. The station is designed to accommodate Class 8 tractor/trailers. The station will have public access and operate 24/7 with four dual-hose dispensers, including Trillium's fast-fill technology. The facility will handle smaller natural gas vehicles along with the Class 8 tractor/trailers.

Two federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices in Utah on Friday opened a 30-day comment period on the environmental assessment (EA) for upcoming summer oil and natural gas lease sales involving 66,673 acres and 35 parcels. The two EAs involve a much larger swath of territory, covering 157 parcels equating to more than 300,000 acres. The comment period runs through April 21 for the lease sale scheduled for Aug. 19. BLM's Salt Lake field office in West Valley City, UT, will offer the vast majority of the acreage (64,610 acres and 33 parcels immediately west of Salt Lake City). The Fillmore field office in central Utah will offer 2,063 acres in two parcels about 100 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently granted Jordan Cove LNG LP long-term, multi-contract authorization to import natural gas from Canada for the purpose of liquefaction and re-export from the planned Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Coos Bay, OR. Because the United States and Canada are parties to a free trade agreement (FTA), the authorization was presumed by DOE to be in the public interest and was granted "without modification or delay." In February Canada's National Energy Board green-lighted export of Canadian gas to the United States for liquefaction and further export via Jordan Cove (see Daily GPI, Feb. 21). And on Monday Jordan Cove received DOE authorization to export LNG to countries that are not FTA parties with the United States (see Daily GPI, March 24).

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