CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Leaders in Conway voted to spend $100,000 to drill under the city's landfill in search of an underground fuel source.
On Monday, the Conway city council voted to drill pilot wells in the landfill to see if enough methane gas is there, and could be used as an alternate fuel source.
They say if there is gas under the landfill and it's of the right quality, the city can use it for their garbage trucks and their new police vehicles.
"So that old thing that no one ever considered an asset on the outskirts of town looks like it has a chance of performing a great service for the city and being a source of alternative renewable energy, which burns cleaner than gasoline," said Tab Townsell, Conway Mayor.
The city's Sanitation Director says it would cost an estimated $1.7 million to collect methane from the landfill, purify and use it as a fuel source.