The city of Athens opened the area's first compressed
natural gas (CNG) filling station Wednesday morning.
It is the only CNG station between Birmingham and Nashville.
City leaders say it's a way to save money while "going green."
It takes $1.65 of CNG to match the mileage per one
gallon of gas.
Athens has six city-owned vehicles that run on
compressed natural gas in its fleet, and officials plan on getting more.
"We'll be somewhere in the $90,000 to $100,000 savings
per year," said Mayor Ronnie Marks. "And then, as we look at our fleet
management -in other words, when we roll in other vehicles, particularly the
big vehicles - we're going to look at why wouldn't you go to compressed natural
The station cost more than $600,000 to build.
And it isn't just for city vehicles - anyone can use