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Cleaner, Greener Gas to Fuel W.Va. School Buses

October 04, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— School administrators have a new option fueling their students’ journey to the classroom. It’s called liquefied petroleum gas, better known as propane.

The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved a waiver of Policy 4334: Minimum Requirements for Design and Equipment of School Buses in favor of adding propane as an alternative fuel source for the state’s school buses.

“The switch will save money and promote a cleaner environment,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “About 3,000 buses currently run every school day in West Virginia and travel over 46 million miles a year. The adoption of propane could save an average of $3,100 per bus, annually.”

In addition to the cost savings, the use of propane and propane accessories have many advantages over gasoline fuel. Propane is less flammable, the tanks are more puncture resistant and it will not contaminate water or soil. Propane is domestically produced and comes from wet gas in natural gas wells. Propane has been adopted by over 25 states including Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Propane joins compressed natural gas and bio diesel as an approved alternative fuel source.

For more information, contact the Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.

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