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    So I ad Hal Burlingame here at my shop to do the PG&E certifications for my three CNG trucks with 2031 tanks. The issue is I did not get Hal's certification or license information. Anyone know?

    Apparently, Hal and his brother Cotton have been selling used CNG equipment all over the country and offering tank upgrades as well as certification services - the issue is are they licensed or certified?

    They show up at CNGHAL on the forum but without any certification or license number - also Eco Fuel Solutions, CNG Solutions.

    Let me know, Thanks,

  • #2
    Hal and Cotton are highly experienced CNG technicians and I wouldn't hesitate recommending their services. As far as I know, California has no licensing requirements (Oklahoma and Texas may be the only states which do?). There are two third-parties which provide certification courses and qualification exams for CNG fuel system inspectors. If required by PG&E you may want to ask Hal or Cotton for copies of their certifications.


    • #3
      I'll second John's recommendation of Hal and Cotton Burlingame's services. They have re-tanked several of my vehicles in the past, and have provided PG&E inspection and certifications as well without issue.


      • #4
        Sorry to take so long to respond, still catching up from the fallout after a brutal and very unappreciated work trip to CA, followed by a 13 hour drive home yesterday.
        Yes, I do go to my customer's sites to work, since there seems to be a shortage of willing, much less qualified and experienced CNG technicians throughout the country. And even less when it comes to custom work.
        Normally customers gladly ship/transport their vehicles and technicians to my shop in Tucson from Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Dallas/Fort Worth/Austin, TX.

        Along with building private and public CNG fueling stations (Georgia, Oklahoma & Iowa) and fueling equipment throughout the country.

        Most of my customers have already learned about the "Dark Side" of this industry. The expired cylinder and unsafe vehicle "salesmen" and "Junkyard Dogs", my old thread:

        The Ebay and Craigslist Pirates, who "steal" product, and turn around and double or triple their price for things they have no idea what they have, except that those three letters (CNG) in front of anything means that it's worth double or more.

        I haven't spent much time on the chat or in the office lately, due to injury and the over work associated with catching up. I always respond to Private Message questions from everyone, even from "tire kickers", who seem to love wasting my time, but give my advice or opinion freely.

        I go by the belief: "The only stupid question, is the one not asked."

        But to those new to the chat and/or CNG, let me reintroduce myself.

        Hal Burlingame
        Eco Fuel Solutions, LLC – Founder and Managing Member since October 2005
        Tucson, AZ
        NGVi / CSA Certified Fuel System Inspector #U3123A since June 2007 - Private, Para-Transit, Waste Disposal, Delivery/LTL and School Bus Fleets
        NGVi Certified CNG Fueling Safety and Mechanic Trainer
        NGVi Certified CNG Fueling Station Operation & Maintenance Technician
        NGVi Certified CNG Fueling Station Designer
        NFPA Voting Member
        PAG Clean Cities Coalition Member Moderator “cnghal” Moderator

        Your Friendly Nazi Squirrel Administrator


        • #5
          ... and a helluva nice guy too


          • #6
            Thank you John, I try.
            Your Friendly Nazi Squirrel Administrator


            • #7
              So not a clear answer above - I need to turn in Certification to PG&E and without any license or certification what exactly is being "certified" and by who is "qualified".

              CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification exam implies there is a "Certification" number or other qualification that is key. Please clarify.


              • #8
                Hey, I agree, Hal is a nice guy but it seems Cotton and Hal have hit hard times with this CNG recession and resorted to all sorts of shenanigans to stay afloat.. It looks like they may have let their performance and ability to perform slip. I'm still waiting on certification and I'm afraid they no longer can deliver. Check back soon but I think they may be out of the business at least in reality, though it appears not in spirit.