SOURCE: Southern California Gas Company

December 01, 2008 11:00 ET

Reminder - Media Advisory: First CNG Alternative Fuel Trucks Arrive at Southern California Ports to Combat Air Pollution, Reduce Fuel Costs

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) -

WHAT:     First compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled trucks in port
          drayage operation at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles
          will launch into service as part of a 12-month demonstration.
          The CNG trucks are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx)
          emissions -- a precursor to smog -- by 80 percent, when compared
          with the cleanest diesel vehicles and reduce fuel costs by about
          $3,500 annually per truck.  The truck engines are certified to
          meet the U.S. EPA's stringent 2010 on-road emission standards.
          Four heavy-duty clean-fuel trucks will transport containers
          off-loaded from ships to nearby freight-consolidation yards.
          About two-thirds of the 15 million container units transported
          annually through the San Pedro Bay ports are moved by truck
          within 25 miles of the docks.

WHEN:     10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008

WHERE:    Clean Truck Center
          Pier S Avenue and New Dock Street, Terminal Island
          3593 New Dock St., San Pedro, CA 90731

WHY:      To help reduce air pollution from trucks at the ports and in the
          surrounding communities, as well as cut fuel costs for truck
          drivers at the busiest container seaports in the United States.

WHO:      Hal Snyder, vice president, The Gas Company
          Bob Foster, mayor, City of Long Beach
          James Hankla, president, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
          S. David Freeman, president, Los Angeles Board of Harbor
          Dennis Yates, mayor, City of Chino & board member,
          South Coast AQMD
          Tonia Reyes Uranga, councilwoman, City of Long Beach & board
          member, South Coast AQMD
          James Boyd, commissioner, California Energy Commission

VISUALS:  CNG drayage trucks, port operations, "white handkerchief test"
          to show no black soot

CONTACT:  Denise King, The Gas Company, (877) 866-2066
          Art Wong, Port of Long Beach, (562) 590-4123
          Theresa Adams-Lopez, Port of Los Angeles, (310) 732-3507
          Sam Atwood, SCAQMD, (909) 396-3687

Contact Information


    Denise King
    The Gas Company
    (877) 866-2066

    Art Wong
    Port of Long Beach
    (562) 590-4123

    Theresa Adams-Lopez
    Port of Los Angeles
    (310) 732-3507

    Sam Atwood
    (909) 396-3687