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Dominion asks customers to conserve gas during severe cold
But says Utica shale is helping to keep supplies up
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Dominion East Ohio believes it has enough natural gas to supply the region during the latest cold snap, but is also suggesting that customers lower thermostats and water-heaters to keep their bills and the supply under control. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

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Dominion has 1.2 million customers in Northeast Ohio. Unlike the electric utilities during summer surges, it doesn’t often formally issue advisories for people to cut back. But then again, Northeast Ohio rarely has temperatures where the high barely breaks zero. 

Neil Durbin says at this point, Dominion customers are safe in their supply, in part because of home-grown gas. 

“We have one of the largest storage systems in the natural gas industry in North America. We also are connected with several interstate pipelines and also, for the first time, we are actually bringing to bear supplies from the Utica Shale wells right here in Ohio. And the combination of those resources we’re very confident we’ll have enough. But we want to make sure we have a margin of safety so that’s why we’re asking customers to conserve as well. 

Durbin cautions that if people have service interruptions to their gas appliances or smell gas, they should leave their homes and call Dominion at 1-877-542-2630.

 

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