Not all the news coming out of Cheyenne this legislative session is depressing.
Rep. Jim Roscoe, D-Wilson, succeeded last week in getting the House to approve his bill that would construct a natural gas filling station for vehicles along Interstate 80 and require the Wyoming Department of Transportation to retrofit its fleet to operate on natural gas. Other agencies of state government also could use the facility.
House Bill 235 passed final reading on a 33-26 vote and awaits debate in the Senate, where the Transportation and Highways Committee first will take up the measure.
“I’m a firm believer in natural gas as a transportation fuel,” says Roscoe, whose district encompasses gas fields in Sublette County. “It’s a whole lot cleaner, a whole lot better for the air.”
Implementing the bill would cost about $1 million initially, but that investment would be recouped in about five years because of reduced fuel costs, Roscoe says. The measure also would expand the market for Wyoming’s natural gas.