ATA plans natural gas summit

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Updated Jul 5, 2012

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The American Trucking Associations announced it will host a natural gas summit dedicated to exploring the full range of issues related to the use of the fuel in the trucking industry. “There has been a great deal of discussion about natural gas, but until now, no one has brought together all the pieces of the puzzle to show the whole picture,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “This summit will accomplish exactly that.”

The ATA Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking, set for Nov. 28-30 in Arlington, Va., will explore all facets of natural gas use in trucking, including recent fleet experiences, current and future technology from truck and engine manufacturers, vehicle maintenance and repair shop considerations, the status and timeline for expanding the nation’s fueling infrastructure and views from Congress and other government policymakers.

“We live in an age of great uncertainty regarding the supply and cost of traditional fuels like gasoline and diesel,” Graves says. “A fact, that when coupled with the enormous pressure our industry faces to reduce our environmental impact and reduce costs, makes natural gas a very intriguing and frankly very promising avenue for trucking. As a result, we expect this natural gas summit not just to be attended by a whole host of leading executives from trucking, manufacturing, the energy sector and the government, but we expect it will come to be thought of as an important mile marker on the road to increased natural gas use in trucking.”

Registration opens for ATA members on Monday, July 2, and general registration will begin in August. For more information about the summit, including possible sponsorship opportunities, call the summit hotline at 703-838-1935 or e-mail [email protected].