Columbia Gas improvement plan public hearing


Columbia Gas’ current STRIDE program (Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement) is set to end this year (2018) and officials are looking to the future for a new plan and surcharge to fund it.

If the plan is adopted, starting January 1, 2019, residential customers will pay a $2.00 monthly surcharge, while small commercial customers will pay $6.95.

This is part of the company’s five-year plan to replace 42.5 miles of bare steel and cast iron mains and other associated services. They expect the cost to be $16-$19 million per year.

A public hearing was held on Wednesday in Hagerstown for the community to voice opinions.

Another one is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Cumberland Ramada on 100 South George Street in Cumberland.

Columbia serves approximately 33,000 customers in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties through 658 miles of pipeline.

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