This Friday, we’re featuring @burnusgas as our #FF because the handle investigates CNG happenings around the United States and reports them in a truly interesting and personal way. The handle often echoes content posted on the Burn United States Gas blog, which tells the stories of people converting to CNG and the benefits of doing so.
Why We Follow @burnusgas:
Not everyone uses the “Favorite” option on Twitter, a mechanism through which you can highlight other handles’ tweets as the best of the best. Luckily, @burnusgas favorites plenty of top tweets for us to dig through at our leisure. As a bonus, most of them center on the use of compressed natural gas in vehicles, which, if you read our blog or follow us on Twitter, know we’re very passionate about.
The handle tweets about lead politicians battling for energy independence across the United States. Though the handle tweets from Tulsa, Okla., the content is always fresh and relevant to anyone who enjoys reading about the oil and gas industry. Other than re-tweeting and replying to other tweets, most of the handle’s content is original.
We love to follow @burnusgas because the person behind the tweets works in the industry, but operates his own personal account. He has the knowledge of industry techniques and trends but develops and communicates his own perspective through his Twitter feed.
So who is the mystery tweeter? It’s none other than Craig Dickson, the Project Development Manager in the Engineering & Construction department of an energy infrastructure company. He started tweeting when Twitter added the option to geo-locate tweets. He says that this allowed him to share messages and pictures from CNG stations around Oklahoma. Since then, Craig says Twitter has become his primary blogging platform because it is so easy to use while on the run.
Q: You appear to be very interested in the use of CNG. Could you tell us why?Three years ago, these thoughts came to my mind. “I live in Oklahoma, which exports natural gas to other states. I work for a natural gas company. I have natural gas delivered to my house via pipeline. Why do I buy gasoline to make my cars run?”So I set out on a mission to prove whether CNG is a real option for the average American driver. As I summarized in the June 18, 2011 article “CNG Honda Civic GX trial a huge success”, CNG is a very real economic choice for Americans that live where CNG fueling infrastructure exists. My trial proved to me that CNG is cheaper, cleaner and safer.I created the BurnUSgas blog Feb 24, 2009 when I started searching for how to use cleaner burning and domestically abundant natural gas for transportation with the first post titled “Where can I go in a dedicated CNG car from Tulsa?”Q: How has Twitter helped you to connect with other natural gas leaders and industry professionals?Twitter connects people with common interests regardless of their location. I include the hashtag #CNG in nearly all my Twitter posts, and routinely mention other people & companies in my posts. I have met many CNG leaders and experts across the nation using Twitter, Facebook, & other internet forums like cngchat.com. Refueling my car has become a social event – nearly every time I fill my CNG vehicle, I meet someone to swap CNG stories with – and many times they already know who I am due to Twitter and Facebook.Q: Anything else that you’d like to add?It’s so incredible to work in an industry that balances environmental cohesion with economic expansion. The United States is abundant with natural resources that are harnessed responsibly to continue expanding and enriching our way of life. Natural gas use in transportation is low hanging fruit. Thanks to Oklahoma state government’s recognition and support of this – Oklahoma is a showcase for the nation in how to encourage CNG adoption (check out all the available OK CNG stations on cngnow.com and cngprices.com).