LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Leaders in Lincoln have decided to back a project that stands to bring natural gas to that town but it may be up to a decade before everyone has access to it.
"Bangor Natural Gas" owns a pipe that used to carry jet fuel from Searsport to the Loring Airforce Base in Limestone. The company now wants to use that decommissioned line to carry fuel to the paper mill in Lincoln. Officials with "Bangor Natural Gas" say phase one would get the gas to the mill. Phase two would then feed off that line and make gas available to homes and businesses.
Lincoln is now looking to form a tax agreement with Bangor Natural Gas. As part of the deal, "Bangor Natural Gas' would get a tax break and use that money to build more piping infrastructure in the town.
"Customers can see by converting to natural gas 40 to 60 percent savings on their energy costs," said Andrew Barrowmen, who is the company's manager for sales and marketing, "the mill itself will save a million dollars by converting to natural gas."
Officials with the company say they still have to work out the specifics of the tax agreement with the town of Lincoln. Bangor Natural Gas is hoping to start work on that first pipeline for the town by early next year.