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Town signs agreement on natural gas

Published 2:12 pm, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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  • Clockwise from the left, Selectman Nick Williams, Superintendent of Buildings and Fleet William Oestmann, Assistant Director of Public Works Tiger Mann, Fire Marshal Fred Baker, Selectman Beth Jones, First Selectman Robert Mallozzi and Yankee Gas Manager of Sales Michael Collins during the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of natural gas in New Canaan, Conn., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Photo: Nelson Oliveira / New Canaan News
    Clockwise from the left, Selectman Nick Williams, Superintendent of Buildings and Fleet William Oestmann, Assistant Director of Public Works Tiger Mann, Fire Marshal Fred Baker, Selectman Beth Jones, First Selectman Robert Mallozzi and Yankee Gas Manager of Sales Michael Collins during the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of natural gas in New Canaan, Conn., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Photo: Nelson Oliveira

 

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New Canaan and Yankee Gas officials signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of natural gas in the town.

The memorandum of understanding is basically a road map so the Yankee Gas Co. can go forward with the delivery of natural gas to New Canaan residents who are interested. The non-binding agreement was unanimously approved at the Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday morning.

The natural gas will come from a pipe just to the west of town, in North Stamford.

Selectman Nick Williams said MOU was a remarkable agreement.

"We're very excited," Williams said. "This is a historic day in this town's history."

Yankee Gas spokesman Mitch Gross said the details of the project, such as routes and time frames, would all depend on the demand. Gross said the company will be doing a lot of marketing from now on so that all residents are informed of the availability of natural gas.

Mike Collins, manager of sales at Yankee Gas, agreed with Williams that the agreement was historic.

"It's exciting because we've been working on this for 15 years," Collins said.

Collins said residents should visit the website Yankee Gas set up for the town to get more information about the rollout of the project and calculate their potential savings. Collins said he's putting together a list of frequently asked questions for the site. The address is newcanaan.iwantnaturalgas.com.

But Gross said the interest in natural gas is high in New Canaan.

Mallozzi said the MOU is the beginning of a major change in the town. "This is like bringing the train tracks to the downtown of New Canaan," he said.

The plan does not include a gate station in Waveny Park, as it was previously suggested. The Tennessee Gas Pipeline runs directly under the park. Collins said the North Stamford source is a better route and that it enables more opportunity for gas.

203-330-6582, noliveira@bcnnew.com, @olivnelson