EQT Donates Zoomobile

(Pittsburgh) (September 2012)—The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is taking its conservation message on the road, but it won’t be burning petroleum in the process. Instead, the Zoo is now driving a natural gas-powered Zoomobile, fueled by a grant from the EQT Corporation.

The EQT Zoomobile is exactly like a standard gasoline-powered vehicle except that it runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Natural gas vehicles get about the same miles-per-gallon as gasoline, but the fuel cost is typically half the price. Currently,natural gas costs $1.76 per gallon compared to an average $3.59 per gallon for petroleum-based gasoline. CNG also burns much cleaner than gasoline, reducing carbon monoxide emissions by 90 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent. 

“This EQT partnership is a very exciting opportunity for us,” says Margie Marks, curator of Conservation Education. “With EQT’s assistance, we were able to purchase this environmentally friendly vehicle, which we’re calling the  EQT One Degree of Change Zoomobile.” Zoo educators will use the Zoomobile to take small animals to schools and community groups, and conduct fun and educational conservation presentations.

The ‘EQT One Degree of Change’ program offers information on the basic science of global warming, its effects on the environment, and many easy ways to incorporate small changes in our everyday routines. “We want to educate people so they can make informed decisions that will help protect the environment,” says Ms. Marks. “The EQT One Degree of Change program focuses on the idea that if we all change our lives just a little, we will collectively contribute to the greater good of our environment.”

“As a leader in natural gas exploration and production, EQT is committed to preserving the environment and we began our own one degree of change by converting a significant portion of our fleet to run on natural gas,” said David L. Porges, Chairman, President & CEO of EQT Corporation.  “We continue to help other fleet owners and local non-profits, such as the Zoo, to make their own one degree of change by converting their vehicles to cleaner-burning natural gas.” 

Many animals represented at the Zoo are already starting to feel the negative impacts of global warming.  Though polar bears are the animals drawing the most attention right now, other animals are also affected like sea turtles, penguins, coral reefs and lemurs. “Now is the time to act and make the necessary changes before it is too late.”             

Pittsburgh Zoo &PPG Aquarium Members receive free admission for an entire year.


The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is open year round.  For directions, hours, tickets, and group sales information, call 412 665-3640.  Visit the Zoo’s website at www.pittsburghzoo.org .  The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.  For more information visit www.aza.org

About EQT Corporation:

EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission, and distribution. EQT is the general partner and majority equity owner of EQT Midstream Partners, LP.  With more than 120 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. Through safe and responsible operations, the Company is committed to meeting the country’s growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the communities where its employees live and work. Company shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange as EQT. 


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