The technology is not new, but a Star Valley natural gas fueling station will be a first when Surveyor Scherbels open a facility for their company vehicles in November. This week the professional survey company broke ground at their Afton office for a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. Company owner Marlowe Scherbel and Martell Brower, Lower Valley Energy, natural gas operations director, coordinated the details of construction throughout the week.
For Scherbel, the fueling station has been a matter of consideration for the family owned business during the past year.
“The idea originated a year ago when we bought a used bi-fuel truck that uses unleaded as well as CNG,” explained Scherbel.
He pointed to benefits he had found with natural gas as a fuel for vehicles. “It has clean emissions, it’s good for the environment and it costs a lot less and that’s a real plus in today’s world,” said Scherbel.
He quickly added, “I have not found anything negative.
With the new natural gas vehicle, Scherbel turned his attention to Lower Valley Energy’s gas pipeline service throughout Afton.
“It sits in the ground by my office and I can’t put it in my truck, so we decided we should solve that problem,” he told the Star Valley Independent in an interview. “We found a professional like Martell that knows how to do this and we have consultants with Questar that have put compressors in. They gave us guidance.”
Brower, who worked with Questar Gas for 20 years before joining LVE, drove natural gas vehicles with the previous job assignment.
“I’m very pleased with it’s performance,” Brower said. “I wholeheartedly support getting CNG here in Star Valley and Jackson.”
He added, “It requires a compressor and requires the infrastructure, and the Scherbels have found a way to make it work for their operations. Hopefully we can expand on that in the future.”
Brower continued, “You have to put in the stations before the vehicles will come and Scherbels have decided they want to be proactive on that.”
Referencing his time with Questar, Brower said that company has operated natural gas vehicles for almost 30 years. He concluded, “The technology is there, they perform well, we just need to get on with it.”