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Natural gas availability date getting closer for school, dairy


BRASHER FALLS - St. Lawrence Gas officials say they’re getting closer to being able to provide natural gas for the St. Lawrence Central School District and North Country Dairy in North Lawrence.

St. Lawrence Gas Assistant General Manager James P. Ward said Thursday that their current projection is that gas should be available to the school the first or second week of November.

“The project is actually coming along very well. The transmission line from Norfolk to North Lawrence is installed. We’re currently finishing the pressure test of the line. From there we will condition the line to be ready to accept natural gas. The process should take a week to 10 days. That puts the gas availability around the first or second week of November,” Mr. Ward said.

That will make gas available to the St. Lawrence Central School and North Country Dairy, the two major customers on the first section of the expansion, he said.

Once gas is made available to the school and dairy, Mr. Ward said, residential customers and smaller businesses should have gas available soon after.

“We expect completing the balance of the line from North Lawrence to Chateaugay by the end of the year. Those customers should have gas by the end of the year,” he said.

St. Lawrence Gas has scheduled what Mr. Ward said is the first of several public meetings to talk about natural gas for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the St. Lawrence Central High School auditorium.

“What we’d like to do at that session is provide questions and answers and give an update on the project. Also, we’ll go over certain things on natural gas safety. We want to make sure residents and customers know, for example, to call before you dig and call St. Lawrence Gas immediately if you smell gas,” he said. “It’s open to anyone who’s interested in finding out about the project and about natural gas.”

In the past, Mr. Ward said natural gas could save residents over $1,000 a season in heating costs, noting that natural gas gives residents an alternative option to wood, fuel oil or propane, which are other common choices.

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