Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores announced a schedule of grand opening events for six of 10 new publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling stations.

Construction began in December shortly after Love's announced its commitment to offer CNG fueling stations at several of its existing locations across Oklahoma. Thanks to a partnership with Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Love's will now offer CNG in Altus, Chickasha, Guthrie, Lawton, Norman and Oklahoma City. Love's plans to open four additional CNG fueling stations - in Pauls Valley, Okemah and Guymon, as well as a second in Oklahoma City - also in 2012 as part of the partnership.

The grand opening schedule includes:
- May 4: Chickasha
- May 11: Altus
- June 8: Guthrie
- June 12: Lawton
- July 13: Oklahoma City (NE 122nd and I-35)
- July 13: Norman

"As more and more corporate and government entities convert their fleets to CNG, we believe demand on the commercial and consumer side will escalate accordingly," says Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications. "We are pleased to partner with Chesapeake to improve accessibility for CNG, a fuel produced in Oklahoma."

The 10 new CNG stations bring the company's CNG infrastructure count to 11 and gives Oklahoma more than 70 existing or planned public CNG stations. Love's opened its first CNG fueling station in 2011 in Kingfisher, where several companies, including Chesapeake, operate CNG fleet vehicles.

Each grand opening event will feature remarks from Love's and Chesapeake representatives, as well as local and state officials. Attendees will also include representatives from local companies that have already converted their fleets to CNG and those considering conversion. The group will gather for a ceremonial "first fill" of a natural gas vehicle at the fueling station to commemorate the event.

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