Natural Gas Infrastructure in Good Shape During Harvey


Houston-based compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station developer Freedom CNG says the “abundance, durability and usability” of Texas natural gas came to the forefront during Hurricane Harvey, when fuel was still available to fleets and to all others who use natural gas.

“When the power went out, on-site back-up generators ensured that our customers would receive critical fuel for their vehicles,” the company notes. “Our hats are off to Texas natural gas producers and pipeline companies for keeping Texas’ clean fuel flowing to all.”

Texas has over 150 natural gas stations, and each had supply throughout the storm, according to Freedom CNG.  Also, the price was stable, and no shortages were reported. Freedom CNG, for example, was fueling METRO transit buses, garbage trucks, AT&T service vehicles and many other fleets in greater Houston.

Freedom CNG says pipeline operators “provided an uninterrupted supply to all affected areas” during the storm.

“Pipeline integrity provided Texas with the ability to use natural gas to produce power, cook, generate hot water and provide transportation fuel to light- and heavy-duty vehicles across the state,” the company notes.

Texas’ oil production platforms and refineries have been negatively impacted by Harvey, causing fuel shortages and price increases across the and beyond, Freedom CNG adds.

Photo: Jeffery Long, Houston METRO’s operations manager, filling a CNG bus during Harvey

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