Originally Posted on The Advocate
The price of oil is sharply down from last year, but if there’s one thing Louisiana has still got, it’s lots of natural gas at a historically low price level.
That is of course good news for the metropolitan areas of the state, including big refineries in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles and in the River Parishes above New Orleans. They are consumers of oil, but the industry complex is also a huge consumer of natural gas for petrochemical manufacturing.
Those industries are important economic drivers, but what about regular automobile drivers? A number of business vehicle fleets have been covering to compressed natural gas instead of regular gasoline-powered engines.