Progress Made in Bringing Natural Gas to Tunkhannock

Cabot is excited to see the progress on making natural gas available to families and businesses in Tunkhannock, Pa., and we’re pleased to help supply the community with local low-cost natural gas.

As a leading Pennsylvania natural gas producer, we are encouraged to see the state’s gas distribution network being expanded. We’re proud to be part of that distribution coming to Wyoming County and the “backyard” of our operations. Cabot’s director of external affairs, George Stark, commented on the expansion:

“Cabot is excited to showcase clean-burning, low-cost energy right in the area of our operations. Having natural gas available is good for businesses, schools, area residents and the environment. We view this as the ultimate homegrown success story,” adding that this project is bringing “an abundant natural resource right to the door of the community.”

Back in October, the UGI Get Gas Groundbreaking event , which will bring natural gas into Tunkhannock, PA, was previously detailed on WellSaid and reported in the Susquehanna County Independent.

The below article is from the Wyoming County Press Examiner, with an update on the project:

UGI is hoping for the new pipeline that will allow residents and businesses in Tunkhannock to utilize natural gas for the first time to be finished by late February.

The utility company first broke ground on the Tunkhannock GET Gas project Oct. 16 during a ceremony at the Wyoming County Emergency Operations Center.

The Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce secured a $1 million grant from Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development to fund the initiative.

Linde Corp. was contracted to install 18,000 feet of 8” high-density pipe in Tunkhannock. The initial phase of the project promised natural gas access to 88 homes and 30 businesses in the area. When all phases are completed, 900 homes and 150 businesses will have access.

The pipeline is “over halfway completed,” according to UGI Director of Business Development Don Brominski.

“Most of Harrison Street is done and we’re working down Sunnyside [Road] now, and then the gate station is to follow,” Brominski said. “The gate station is the interconnect point from where we take our gas supply.”

This interconnect point is just north of Shadowbrook Resort, he added.

The goal for the gate station to be completed is some time in March.

“With all large construction projects, if something comes up which we’re unaware, it could be pushed, but that would be our goal,” he said. “If all goes as planned, were hoping to gas up in March.”

Since the pipeline will likely be finished before the gate station, Brominski said UGI is advising people interested in utilizing the new service to get quotes from HVAC contractors in the meantime, but wait to install new equipment until they know there’s gas on the line.

“When the station is completed, that’s when we introduce natural gas and can start running services to customers,” he said.

In the next phase, UGI plans to start running gas lines down additional streets in Tunkhannock. Brominski said this phase will hopefully begin late this summer.

“I would say that’s the majority of streets in Tunkhannock,” Brominski said.

UGI laid out proposed plans for this phase in a map. The yellow line indicates the current phase, while the red, green and blue lines show different sized gas mains proposed for later this year.

Brominski said UGI is pleased with the progress on the pipeline so far, which residents say hasn’t caused too much of a disturbance.

“We’ve received feedback that residents were happy that there were minimal disruptions to traffic,” he said. “I know there were a lot of concerns in the beginning about that. People were happy with Linde and how they worked with the neighbors.”

SOURCE: Wyoming County Press Examiner

Kelsey Mulac

Kelsey was raised in Indiana, Pennsylvania and attended The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a degree in Communications. Kelsey works as the External Affairs Coordinator at Cabot where she manages external communications, including social media and community outreach projects. Prior to starting her full-time position, Kelsey worked as a summer intern for Cabot while attending Penn State.

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