City of Westlake hopes for compressed natural gas filling station

December 1, 2017. The City of Westlake took its first step in bringing another source of alternative fuel to Southwest Louisiana. It has requested funding from the state for a fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) station near the I-10 exit in Westlake.

   The closet CNG station is in Lafayette or Beaumont, Westlake Mayor Bob Hardy said, adding that a station would be beneficial because of all the traffic that comes through the city. "There are many 18-wheelers running on the interstate today with compressed natural gas," he said. "It's going to be the wave of the future."

   Hardy explained that with the demand of CNG increasing across the United States, he wants to be a pioneer and add a station to Westlake. "We want to own it, maintain it, and sell CNG to truckers and the people," he said.

   Hardy met with Gov. John Bel Edwards and other state leaders about funding.

   Westlake Mayor has invited over 50 companies to attend a workshop about the use of CNG next Wednesday, December 6, with the hopes of having some of them convert to using natural gas in their vehicles.