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Bill Would Offer Incentives For Compressed Natural Gas Cars

Natural gas vehicle fueling stations are still relatively rare in most states.

Some state lawmakers want to make it easier for Ohioans to buy cars that run on compressed natural gas, or CNG.

Many bills were left on the cutting room floor at the end of last year as the lame duck session came to a close. That includes a provision from Representatives Sean O’Brien—a Democrat—and Dave Hall—a Republican.

The bill would give tax incentives for people who wanted to buy a CNG car or convert their current vehicle to run on CNG. O’Brien says this would be a great way to capitalize of the natural gas development happening in eastern Ohio.

“You know it’s frustrating in a way because here we are sitting on one of the biggest shale plays for natural gas and we’re not taking advantage of it—we are not stimulating this industry,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien hopes to reintroduce the legislation in the next few weeks.