On Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:41:49 PM UTC-7, Roy wrote:
> There are many idiots in BC who drive gas guzzlers. Where are they going to get their fuel?
> Maybe they could drive to AB for their fuel. Ahaaahhhaaahahhhaahaha
Maybe British Columbians will just convert to natural gas in their vehicles. We've got a whole lot of it - so much, in fact that Alberta buys from us - $3.3 Billion worth, last stats:
Alberta buys a substantial amount of B.C.’s burgeoning natural gas production, along with other liquid hydrocarbons that come with drilling in the energy-rich Montney shale formation that straddles the provincial border and surrounds Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope.
B.C. sold Alberta some $3.3 billion worth of natural gas in 2014, the latest trade figures available. B.C. Stats data for the same year report shipments of natural gas to Alberta at 23.6 billion cubic metres, a little more than half of the province’s production.
Seems BC is already doing a whole lot of that converting:
Arvind Ramakrishnan, a senior manager with Fortis BC, says hundreds of mainly-commercial vehicles are currently fueling up at natural gas stations across the province.
“Given that more than 50 to 70 per cent of these costs are fueling costs, we believe there is significant advantages for considering gas.”
He adds some commercial fleets have switched because natural gas is typically half the price of diesel.
“About 800 vehicles are committed on compressed and liquefied natural gas in the last, probably, seven to eight years thanks to provincial government and specifically, the gas reduction regulations.”
While it’s mainly used to heat homes or businesses, Ramakrishnan says there are currently 19 fueling stations across the province and more are being added as needed.
“These stations are by and large in most of the strategic corridors where most of these trucks currently travel.”
Heading into the summer, he says natural gas is also better for overall air quality because, at 37 per cent, the transportation industry is responsible for the largest share of BC’s greenhouse gas emissions.
TransLink recently added new natural gas buses to it’s fleet in Surrey.