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    From Quartzsite Times - Blythe,CA,USA

    Tuesday, July 01, 2008

    City may partner with local farm to build fuel station

    Tuesday, July 01, 2008


    By Marty Bachman

    The Blythe City Council discussed the possibility of entering into a partnership agreement with Hayday Farms to build a Liquidified Natural Gas and Compressed Natural Gas (LNG/CNG) fueling facility on Intake south of Interstate 10, at their meeting on June 24.

    According to acting City Manager Butch Hull, the city, which has been planning to build a CNG station, was approached by Hayday Farms' Dale Tyson about partnering in the facility. Hull said that Hayday recently purchased 20 LNG fueled semi-trucks for delivering loads of hay into the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

    "Their immediate expectation is to fuel 20 trucks, five days a week from a temporary fueling trailer to be located on South Lovekin," Hull wrote in a staff report to the Council. "Tyson expects to put these units in service within the next 60 days. As Council is aware, the Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency has also had a standing mandate to convert its fleet to alternative fuels. The above availability would allow that conversion to CNG vehicles to take place immediately."

    Hull said that Tyson was more under the gun than the city, which has been searching for a site for their CNG station for the past couple of years, and that Tyson had "done his homework" prior to making his request to the city.

    Hull told the Council that the intent of any approved Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Hayday Farms would be to outline their contractual relationship, determine the longevity of the station operation, guarantee public access and provide a fair governmental price relative to the public investment.

    Mayor Robert Crain expressed concerns about public access, noting that he would like to see the station accept credit cards and be open 24 hours a day. He said that the station would be the only one between Avondale to the east and Palm Desert to the west.

    If an MOU is approved by the city's Redevelopment Agency, which will invest $100,000, it must still meet approval from the other stakeholders in the project, Palo Verde Transit Agency, Riverside County ($100,000), Mohave Desert Air Quality Management District ($375,000), and Riverside County Transportation Commission ($155,587).

    Hull proposed that a four-acre site be set aside from the net 78 acres that the city owns at 14th Ave. and Intake Blvd.

    "While the initial project envisioned for that corner was a casino and another 3 acres for a County Fire Station, the reality is, there is no certainty of either development," Hull said. "The Intake property has definite advantages for this use that all of the other sites in aggregate can't produce."

  • #2
    Re: Blythe may partner with local farm to build fuel station

    Cool. Cross your fingers and hope.

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    • #3
      Re: Blythe may partner with local farm to build fuel station

      Terriffic . . . this is how cng infrastructure improvements should happen!!
      And better yet, no involvement by CE !!! Let's do these at ALL the critical gatekeeper towns and cities all across the USA !!!

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      • #4
        Re: Blythe may partner with local farm to build fuel station

        Remember my post about "My Next Project" where I began talks with Clean Cities Coalition to get the border fueling project started? This is the result of the Clean Cities Project to get the border set up for refueling. I can't say I had any influence on it, but this is what CCC came up with.

        Phoenix, here we come.
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        • #5
          Re: Blythe may partner with local farm to build fuel station

          I've been in contact with the City of Blythe regarding the status of this facility. They have a temporary LNG/CNG fueling trailer they are setting up and expect it to be operational within about 2 weeks. The permanent station is expected to be up and operating in approximately 90 days. I have requesting that I get notified (and requested that cngprices.com get notified as well) when they are publicly available.

          Personally, I was pleased with the timing here, but my guess is it was mostly pushed by the hay hauler's insane need (he runs 20 Diesel trucks into long beach 5 days a week) which are being completely replaced with LNG trucks. Imagine the savings he'll see immediately with that switch.
          1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
          2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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          • #6
            Re: Blythe may partner with local farm to build fuel station

            This station doesn't show up on CNGprices, did this project ever get completed?

            N/M: http://www.cngchat.com/forum/showpos...19&postcount=6

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            • #7
              Re: Blythe may partner with local farm to build fuel station

              The station that Murphy was talking about in Blythe that didn't help him was the county yard that was mentioned in that other thread. It is private to the county, and they won't help others. The station mentioned in THIS thread is a public fueling station being developed in cooperation with the city of Blythe, and a local Hay company that makes runs to/from the Port of LA daily. I do not have any updates on the status of the Blythe station as of yet. Just that it is 'in the works'.
              1997 Factory Crown Victoria w/ extended tanks ~~ Clunkerized!
              2000 Bi-Fuel Expedition --> ~~ Sold ~~ <--

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