November 3, 2009
Gas flows to Greek Peak development
Energy company expects to provide residential service from line along S. Cortland-Virgil Road
VIRGIL — Corning Natural Gas began providing natural gas to Greek Peak’s Hope Lake Lodge this week and will begin serving town residents later this month, the company said.
“We fully expect that during November we will be connecting residential customers,” said Jerry Sleve, the company’s vice president of administration.
The main feed line from Corning’s interstate pipe line into the central portion of Virgil is completed. Construction of the main feed line began in June and the line was charged with gas in mid-October, Sleve said.
The gas line taps into the interstate pipeline owned by Dominion, a Virginia-based power company that has a natural gas pipeline that starts in the Gulf of Mexico and extends to upstate New York, passing through Corning and Virgil. The connection is on South Cortland-Virgil Road.
Hope Lake Lodge began using natural gas this week for its fireplaces, commercial laundry machines and hot water boiler, which will be used to keep water in its new water park warm, said Greek Peak President Al Kryger.
Some of the furnaces in buildings in the ski area will be connected to the natural gas lines by mid-December, but most of the ski area will not be connected until the spring, Kryger said.
The main feed line is primarily on the west side of South Cortland-Virgil Road and the south side of state Route 392 in Virgil, but it crosses underneath the roads and enters the opposite side of the roads in some portions. Greek Peak is the end destination of the gas line.
Residents, public buildings and businesses located along the main feed line will have access to the system, Sleve said. The project will serve about 100 to 150 homes, the Town Hall building, Virgil Elementary School, the firehouse and the town garage, Sleve said.
The company plans to eventually branch out the system to provide natural gas to residents on side streets if there is high enough demand and if it will be profitable, Sleve said. The company will have to get approval from the Public Service Commission before it can begin branching out the system.
The company will provide property owners who want natural gas service with gas lines up to the house and set the meters, but the property owners are responsible for getting the gas from their meters to their appliances, Sleve said.
Sleve said the company will install piping and meters at no charge for customers who live within 100 feet of the main feed line. Houses farther than 100 feet from the gas line will have to pay a surcharge on each foot beyond 100 feet, Sleve said.
“It’s a benefit to more people than Greek Peak because the town’s hooked up to it and all the people along the way are going to get the same benefit,” Kryger said.
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