Pickens not surprised by supportive Chesapeake ads

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Dallas oilman Boone Pickens says he's not surprised by television ads sponsored by Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy that support his plan for alternative energy.

The ads feature Chesapeake Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon began running last week.

The ads call for increased use of compressed natural gas - or CNG - as a transportation fuel.

Chesapeake is the largest producer of natural gas in the U.S.

Pickens told The Associated Press he's spoken with McClendon about the natural gas portion of what he calls the "Pickens Plan."

Pickens sees natural gas-powered vehicles as a 20- or 30-year proposal to be followed by electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles.