PUC grants permission for new gas pipeline to Augusta

6:10 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Public Utilities Commission has given its approval for a Colorado-based company to build a natural gas pipeline to Augusta.

An executive at Summit Natural Gas of Maine says, once it gets the proper permits, the company hopes to begin construction in the spring. Summit joins Maine Natural Gas, which had previously won state approval, and has already begun laying pipeline in Augusta.

The new line will stretch east from hospital street in that city, run along route 17 and will connect with an existing gas line just west of coopers mills.

A utilities commission spokeswoman says the vote grants Summit unconditional authority to serve 17 municipalities in the Kennebec Valley.

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