Compressed Natural Gas Refueling Station Opened at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Aug 01, 2002, 01:00 ET from Laclede Gas Company

    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lambert-St Louis International
 Airport, as part of its environmental program, has began operation of its
 first compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station, located on St. Thomas
 Road near the field maintenance facility at the western end of the airport.
     Since the introduction of its first CNG vehicle 18 months ago, Lambert
 presently operates 17 CNG vehicles, and that total is expected to triple in
 the next two years.  This program is the result of a cooperative effort of the
 Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Energy,
 Laclede Gas Company (NYSE:   LG) and Ford Motor Company.
     "Compressed natural gas is one of the cleanest alternatives to traditional
 vehicle fuels, virtually eliminating soot emissions and reducing smog-forming
 gases," said Lambert Director Leonard Griggs.  "The benefits of CNG include
 safe usage, economic savings, ample supply -- but the compelling incentive is
 the protection of the environment.  In addition to our continued commitment to
 promote cleaner air, Lambert also has programs addressing noise mitigation and
 clean water."

SOURCE Laclede Gas Company