Three bills in Congress promote natural gas for long haulers

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three bills introduced by a U.S. representative for Missouri promote the use of natural gas in long-haul trucking applications. Each of the bills was introduced by Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., with Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., listed as cosponsor.

The first bill, HR3937, calls on three federal departments to draft a report on the feasibility of using natural gas as a fuel source for long haulers. The report would analyze costs and benefits of natural gas and describe how a switch to natural gas would affect the Highway Trust Fund.

The bill currently resides with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The second bill, HR3938, would direct the U.S. secretary of transportation to designate fueling corridors for natural gas in the United States. It too resides with the House T&I Committee.

So too does HR3940, which would exempt trucks from certain weight limits to account for heavier tanks needed to hold natural gas.

Graves, who chairs the House Committee on Small Business, said the bills will make sure companies looking to use natural gas are not put at a disadvantage compared to their diesel counterparts.

“It also has the ability to substantially reduce emissions,” Graves said in a written statement. “Utilizing natural gas in the long-haul trucking industry just makes sense.”

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