Tuesday, February 14, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is honoring an Okarche-based company for converting its 2,000th vehicle to run on compressed natural gas.
Fallin held a ceremony Monday at the state Capitol to recognize OEM Systems, Inc., which converts gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles to run instead on compressed natural gas. The 2000th conversion was a state vehicle used by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
Fallin is one of a bipartisan group of governors from 10 states that have signed a memorandum promising to invest in natural gas vehicles in state automobile fleets. Its aim is to encourage U.S. automakers to produce natural gas fleet vehicles that will also meet public demand.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Oklahoma was the third-largest gas producing state in 2009 behind Texas and Wyoming.