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Compressed Natural Gas Now Fuelling Heavy-Duty Transportation Along Ontario’s Highway 401

London, ON, – Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership, is an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Limited – an Enbridge Company, along with its industry partner Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced today that they have built a network of three compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations at Flying J and Windsor travel centers along Ontario’s Highway 401.

This network of CNG stations will provide heavy-duty truck fleets with convenient access to one of the most affordable and clean transportation fuels commercially available, along some of the most heavily trafficked truck routes in Ontario.

“The transportation industry represents one of the largest challenges in achieving emission reduction targets for its sector,” said Mike Shannon, Vice President of Storage, Transmission & IMO, Enbridge, on behalf of Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership. “Today, about 11 million passenger and commercial vehicles regularly travel Ontario roads. These CNG stations are amongst the first along the Hwy. 401 corridor and will provide a more affordable and cleaner-burning fuel alternative, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and giving fleet owners an incentive to consider moving away from conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel.”

The three CNG stations are located at:

  • Windsor Travel Centre – this location is the busiest border crossing in North America linking to the U.S. Midwest.
  • Flying J, between London and Woodstock – this stretch of highway connects Highways 401, 402 and 403 with access to major U.S. border crossings.
  • Flying J, Napanee in Eastern Ontario – this section of highway provides connectivity to Eastern Canada and Northeast U.S. border crossings.

The support from the federal government on this project was a critical resource in recognizing the important role that natural gas offerings play in providing affordable emission reduction choices for our country. Natural Resources Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, contributed $3 million in total to the three stations.

“These stations provide transport companies with cleaner options to move their goods ̶ cutting costs, reducing pollution and improving productivity,” said Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Our Government is committed to growing the infrastructure needed to make it easier and more convenient for Canadians to drive electric and alternative fuel vehicles.”

We thank the provincial government for seeing the value and supporting compressed natural gas (CNG) in Ontario, as they take steps to remove barriers to the expansion of CNG fuelling stations, encourage uptake of renewable natural gas generated, and maintain the existing tax exemption on natural gas as a transportation fuel.

“I’m proud that my ministry was part of this cutting-edge project,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This station is an investment in our future and was made possible thanks to Ontario agri-food businesses developing innovative solutions to environmental challenges.”

“I want to congratulate Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership and Enbridge on announcing the completion of three new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations,” said Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure. “Our government is expanding access to natural gas to make people’s lives easier and more affordable, and to signal Ontario is open for business.”

The London CNG station, located at one of the busiest travel centers in the province, will offer renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel supply chain from StormFisher Environmental Ltd., a nearby biogas facility. This station was designed and built in a manner that allows for efficient expansion to accommodate growth in this market.

“StormFisher operates an anaerobic digestion facility in London, Ontario ideally situated next to a medium pressure distribution pipeline a short distance from the new London CNG station,” said Brandon Moffatt, Vice-President, Development & Operations, StormFisher Environmental Ltd. “This partnership with Union Energy Solutions allows us to divert organic and agricultural waste from landfill, and repurpose it into renewable natural gas, creating a sustainable and carbon-neutral fuel source for a variety of service vehicles.”

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in North America, designed and built the three CNG stations. With a network of over 530 natural gas fueling stations, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. owns and/or operates facilities in 43 U.S. states and other provinces in Canada.

“Natural gas as a transportation fuel is the best solution to deliver emission reductions associated with diesel fuel from our highways, roads, and communities,” said Chad Lindholm, vice president at Clean Energy. “This network of CNG stations will enable heavy-duty truck fleets to confidently travel these routes ensuring they have sufficient fuel as they cross Canadian and provincial borders as well as traveling into the United States.”

“We are proud to introduce new CNG fueling stations at our Flying J locations in London and Napanee,” said Clint Lawrence, region manager for Flying J. “Both travel centers are located on key stretches of highway for professional drivers, and these fuelling stations will help to make their journey smooth and seamless while offering a fuel alternative for professional drivers.”

About Union Energy Solutions
Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership (UES) is an unregulated affiliate of Union Gas Limited – an Enbridge Company – that focuses on various clean energy business initiatives in the Province of Ontario.

About Clean Energy
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is the leading provider of natural gas fuel and renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for transportation in North America. We build and operate compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas stations (LNG) and deliver more CNG, LNG and RNG vehicle fuel than any other company in the U.S. Clean Energy sells Redeem RNG fuel and believes it is the cleanest transportation fuel commercially available, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%. For more information, visit CleanEnergyFuels.com.

Contact on behalf of Union Energy Solutions:
Andrea Stass
1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
[email protected]

Clean Energy Media Contact:
Raleigh Gerber
949-437-1397
[email protected]

Source Union Gas Limited

Web Site: http://www.uniongas.com

A semi-truck heading east on Highway 1 went up in flames. UPS trailer destroyed by fire.

A semi-truck heading east on Highway 1 near Revelstoke went up in flames on Tuesday night.

Packages were destroyed in Tuesday’s truck fire east of Revelstoke.

One present will be missing under a tree in Calgary come Christmas morning — and many others will also likely be without gifts after a UPS truck fire on Tuesday night destroyed a load’s worth of parcels heading east from Kamloops.

The fire occurred on Highway 1, 32 kilometres east of Revelstoke.

The Krenz family of Kamloops thought shipping UPS was the safe choice due to rotating Canada Post strikes that could not guarantee delivery times.

“Then he [husband Jim] got an email saying the truck was destroyed, your goods are not insured and Merry Christmas.”

An email sent to the family from the UPS Store on Summit Drive in Kamloops states:

“We have been notified by UPS about an unfortunate accident that a UPS trailer was destroyed by fire. All packages were destroyed and unfortunately, your package to Calgary was one of them.”

Revelstoke Mounties were at the scene of the truck fire at about 8:30 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said the driver jumped from the moving truck, which caught fire after sparks were spotted beneath the dash. Minor injuries were reported and the truck and trailer blocked the Trans Canada Highway, halting traffic in both directions, for two hours. Alternating traffic continued until about 11 p.m.

All that remained of the commercial truck was a metal structure.

“Everything burned to the ground,” Grabinsky said.

When sending out notifications to its customers, UPS also informed the Krenz family they would not be compensated because the package was not insured.

“Unfortunately, packages which are not insured by the shipper will not be compensated,” the email states. “We understand your disappointment, but this incident is beyond anyone’s control.”

Krenz said the cost of shipping the $70 Christmas present would have cost nearly $50 with insurance, a cost that didn’t seem to make sense due to the value of the gift. While she understands UPS will not replace the package without insurance, Krenz wants to be refunded the $38 standard shipping fee for a parcel that never arrived and was, in fact, torched en route to its destination.

Krenz is also scratching her head over what to get her sister, with just five days before Christmas. Maybe flowers?

“It’s just disappointing because I’m not going to have time to send her anything else,” Krenz said.

Alberta tow truck industry wants safety changes after operator hit by passing semi

An employee for Oil Country Towing was struck by a semi-trailer while working on the side of Highway 2 near Leduc Sunday night. The employee is recovering in the hospital. (Supplied/Oil Country Towing Facebook).

Towing association wants blue-and-white warning lights permitted on trucks.

A tow truck operator is recovering from surgery after being hit in a crash involving a semi-trailer while working on the side of a snowy highway Sunday night.

The incident has the industry repeating its call for the provincial government to permit blue-and-white flashing lights on working tow trucks.

“It’s hard knowing that I’ve got staff out there risking their lives to help people,” said Don Getschel, owner of Oil Country Towing, which serves the Edmonton area.

Two of his operators answered a call on Highway 2, just south of Leduc, around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Snow was falling heavily in the area at the time, and the company had responded to about 100 calls in the area that day.

While one was winching a vehicle to get it out of the ditch, a second truck was acting as a “blocker truck,” parking about 300 metres in front of the other to alert passing vehicles, Getschel said.

“Then this semi-truck started slipping on the ice and he was coming so fast that he hit the blocker truck and he also hit the truck that was doing the work pulling the car out of the ditch,” he said.

The working tow truck operator ran into the ditch for safety but was hit by a second semi-truck that had swerved toward the ditch to avoid the first collision.

Oil Country Towing posted on Facebook about an incident involving an employee who was struck by a semi-truck. (Supplied/Facebook)

The tow truck operator suffered a severely broken arm. Getschel was waiting for an update on his condition on Monday.

Such incidents are “just all too common,” he said, adding that tow truck drivers are at the greatest risk when working on highway calls.

“We’re trying to get our lights changed,” he said. “Blue lights are more visible through snow and foggier weather. It gives a more advanced warning and lets people know we’re working.”

Tow trucks currently use amber lights, similar to those on garbage trucks, snow plows, and utility vehicles.

“People have become accustomed to seeing amber beacons and they’re just numb,” said Jean-Francois Gagnon, chairman of the Towing and Recovery Association of Alberta, which has been lobbying for regulatory changes to the Traffic Safety Act that would permit such a change.

“It would just differentiate tow trucks from the rest of the stuff that you don’t have to slow down for,” Gagnon said.

Last year, Wayne Drysdale, UCP MLA for Grande Prairie Wapiti, introduced a private member’s bill that would prompt such a change. But the proposal died before it could reach second reading.

The MLA raised the issue again in the legislature last week, asking Transportation Minister Brian Mason if he had any plans to implement the proposal.

Mason said it was under consideration, adding that his office had been in contact with officials in Saskatchewan where a similar change had been implemented.

Mason also said that vehicles are legally required to slow down when passing a tow truck with flashing lights.

Total cost of freight increases marginally

TORONTO, Ont. — Results published today by the Canadian General Freight Index (CGFI) indicate that the total cost of ground transportation for Canadian shippers increased by 0.6% in September, compared with August results.

The base rate index increased by 0.4% in September.

Average fuel surcharges assessed by carriers also increased marginally this month. Fuel was 18.79% of base rates in September versus 17.80% in August.

“Total freight costs increased marginally by 0.6% in September. Once again, cross border LTL led the increase followed by cross-border truckload. Since November 2017, total freight costs have been on a continual increase. Year over year, all segments are well above last years levels,” said Doug Payne, president and COO, Nulogx.

Truck hangs from Hwy 3

The Osoyoos RCMP has released photos of a crash Saturday that left Highway 3 closed for several hours.

A tractor-trailer lost control at about 7:20 a.m. near Richter Pass in Canada during icy conditions, smashing through the highway barrier and coming to a rest hanging over the embankment.

“The driver and sole occupant was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons but appeared uninjured,” Sgt Jason Bayda said in a press release Monday.

The highway was closed for several hours while the vehicle was recovered.

Traffic was flowing again by 2:30 p.m.