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News Release
Hearing Set On Pipeline
March 23, 2000 (2000-016)
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bonnie Tatom, Natural Gas Manager, 503 378-8225; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR - The Oregon Public Utility Commission has scheduled a public hearing to gather comment on a proposal to grant Northwest Natural Gas exclusive rights to provide natural gas service to portions of Coos County.
The company’s proposed territorial boundary does not include the city of Bandon, which may itself want to provide natural gas distribution service to its residents. The company could file a subsequent application to include the city in the company’s Coos County service territory if Bandon later determines it desires NW Natural to serve its citizens.
The territorial application is part of an economic development project undertaken by Coos County and supported by the State aimed at diversifying the economy.
The nearly 60-mile-long gas pipeline will cost roughly $50 million to build. The pipeline will have stations for distribution facilities at Myrtle Point, Coquille, Bandon and Coos Bay.
The purpose of the hearing is solely to gather comment on the territorial issue. It is not a forum on setting rates. Rate setting will be a separate issue for the Commission to decide at a later date.
The hearing will be held April 12, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Coquille Community Center, 115 N. Birch, Coquille, Oregon 97423.
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