BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Work is continuing to bring natural gas to one town in Northern Maine.
This past year Bangor Natural Gas purchased rights to the old Loring pipeline, which used to carry jet fuel from Searsport up to the Loring Airforce Base in Limestone. The line was decommissioned years ago.
Bangor Natural Gas now has it tied into their existing system. Officials say the line is now gas ready from the Queen City to Mattawamkeag. The plan is to feed that gas to the Lincoln paper mill and eventually other parts of the town.
Company officials say they are using two monitoring stations -- one in Bangor and one in Argyle-- to help keep an eye on the gas pressure and make sure there are no leaks.
"This is also an area where we can isolate both systems to the north and to the south..," said Andrew Barrowman, who is the company's manager of sales and marketing, "and we're able to put psig launchers in there and clean out the pipe if necessary."
Bangor Natural Gas got approval for the project from the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The company hopes to start feeding gas to parts of Lincoln by next year. Officials say they're also looking at expanding service to points south on the line.