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Compressed natural gas site opens for Okla. trucks

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A truck stop chain has opened its first compressed natural gas facility for heavy-duty trucks in Oklahoma.

Love's Travel Stops opened the facility Monday on Interstate 40 at the Morgan Road exit in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma City-based company says the CNG filling station demonstrates its commitment to offering natural gas as an alternative fuel for the trucking industry. Love's says compressed natural gas costs about $2 less per gallon than diesel fuel, on which most big rigs run.

Love's also announced Monday that it is testing its first 11.9-liter CNG engine with plans to purchase more for its 300-truck, fuel delivery fleet.

In 2011, Love's began offering CNG for light-duty and consumer vehicles at smaller locations in Oklahoma. That was through a Chesapeake Energy, another Oklahoma City-based company.