Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Did you ever think you could fuel your car up with natural gas from your own home? It might be a possibility within a few years and just one of a number of topics at a local forum.
The natural gas industry has seen major changes in just the last five years, take supply for instance.
Dan Kirschner, Executive Director of the Northwest Gas Association adds, "a supply shock if you will, vast quantities of natural gas coming to the market. And what to expect are going to be available to the market at reduced prices for a long time to come."
Dan Kirschner is the Executive Director of the Northwest Gas Association and presenter of Thursday's forum at CSI.
He's visited several cities throughout southern Idaho speaking with area leaders on the industry's outlook.
"I learned a lot about the technology of the drilling, fracturing, which has been in the news a lot lately so it was good information from a regulation standpoint," exclaims Ruth Pierce, Chairperson of the Board, S.I.E.D.O.
Ruth Pierce representing the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization, helped to put together the event.
Pierce adds, "I think it's important for there to be more public awareness and for the business and community leaders to understand the gas industry and what's going on with the economy in relation to the gas industry."
"As employers look at and try to take advantage look at and try to take advantage of these new and lower prices of natural gas," says Kirschner.
One of the opportunities: natural gas vehicles. Imagine fueling your car with natural gas, Kirschner says it's possible.
"Fueling trucks, garbage trucks in our neighborhoods and even possibly down the road a few years where we can start filling up with natural gas in our own cars in our own home," adds Kirschner.
Revving your engine for the future.
SIEDO, the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Intermountain Gas Company collaboratively worked together on the 2012 Natural Gas Forum.