A compressed natural gas station, part of what the Metropolitan Utilities District hopes will become a metrowide network, will be installed on the southwest corner of the intersection of 132nd Street and Cornhusker Road.
The Sarpy County Board Jan. 28 amended a county zoning ordinance that will allow a stand-alone CNG station to be built in areas zoned light industrial.
A special use permit, also granted by the board, will exempt the CNG station from a requirement that fueling stations be accompanied by a convenience store.
Pat Sullivan, an attorney representing MUD, said CNG has fueled MUD vehicles for three decades but that the fuel has become affordable, especially for heavy trucks.
He said the 132nd Street and Cornhusker Road location will make CNG accessible to trucks housed at the nearby Hilltop Industrial Park and will encourage trucking companies to consider converting from gasoline and diesel engines.
“A lot of trucking firms are sitting on the sidelines,” he said. “This will allow them to convert to CNG.
“CNG has now become affordable, and there are a number of incentives to start to build a network of CNG plants.”
The station is expected to be open by June.