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5/2/2014 6:00:00 AM
Blythe CNG Fueling Station opens
The local CNG station links Los Angeles and Phoenix for the CNG commuter
Times photo/SYLVIA RUBALCABAPictured, left to right: City of Blythe Public Works Director Armando Baldizzone; Miss Blythe Outstanding Teen Victoria Mallett; City Council member Joey DeConinck; PVVTA Transit Operations Manager K. George Colangeli; Blythe Mayor Mike Evans; Miss Blythe Cristina Bequer; Riverside County District 4 Supervisor John J. Benoit; and MDAQMD Executive Director Eldon Heaston.
Times photo/SYLVIA RUBALCABA

Pictured, left to right: City of Blythe Public Works Director Armando Baldizzone; Miss Blythe Outstanding Teen Victoria Mallett; City Council member Joey DeConinck; PVVTA Transit Operations Manager K. George Colangeli; Blythe Mayor Mike Evans; Miss Blythe Cristina Bequer; Riverside County District 4 Supervisor John J. Benoit; and MDAQMD Executive Director Eldon Heaston.
Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE, Calif. - Palo Verde Valley Transit (PVVTA), City of Blythe and Riverside County officials celebrated the opening of the compressed natural gas (CNG) station on West 14the Ave, just west of South Broadway on April 17.

The project has been 11 years in the making starting with a feasibility study in 2003 and grant money from Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) in 2004. But once focus began on the location of the station, keeping it away from residential areas and pinpointing feasible sites to build the large-scale station on, funding partners withdrew because of the uncertainty of the technology. At this point, the future of the station was dependent on finding other money sources to add to the MDAQMD previously awarded to PVVTA.

Between 2008 and 2010, Hayday Farms, an LNB supplier, and PVVTA forged a relationship to meet the needs for both LNG and CNG. Following the partnership, PVVTA started buying CNG vehicles and purchasing the necessary fuel through Hayday.

From 2010 and 2013, Hayday and PVVTA planned to build separate stations, with the recent location suitable for PVVTA needs and the public. Construction began in November and with the support of City of Blythe, completion was April 2014.

Blythe's CNG station connects the Los Angeles, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz. areas, giving consumers the comfort of knowing that they will be able to make the entire trip in a CNG commuter vehicle.

Blythe's station is the only border town leaving or entering the state that has a CNG station and with just under one-third of the nation living in the southwest, the local station gives more travelers the option of going green at the pump.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Walt Sleptke

to To Walt Sleptke, from what I was advised was that all of the vehicles that were confiscated off of Bebout's property were sold to pay for tow charges and impound liens. In other words - we'll take your stuff and hold it and charge you for taking it and if you can't pay the bill for that, then, we'll sell it to pay for the charges.

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Article comment by: Small Town Girl BUT Not Small Minded

Miss Blythe And Teen Miss Blythe Look Amazing. They look Poised, Polished and Professional... Keep up the Great Work!

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Article comment by: To Walt Sleptke

Who owns Bebout's property now?

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Article comment by: @ Walt Sleptke

For everyone to know.
The fuelling station is in the Public Works yard that has been there for many, many years, and not in the whereabouts of the accusation made. I'm just trying to keep the rumor mill from going South.


Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Article comment by: Walt Sleptke

14th Ave and Broadway huh? Well what do ya know about that? It's right across the street from the late Alan Bebout's place. You all remember don't you, what Blythe town officials did to him and his property. I wonder if there is a connection here? If you Google map the location you can see how the old RR tracks ran into Alan's property - right across the street from where this new compressed natural gas (CNG) station will be.



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