Chesapeake Utilities Explores Natural Gas Expansion

April 2011 Vol. 238 No. 4

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is exploring providing natural gas service to Worcester County, MD as a result of increasing community interest.

“The people of Worcester County are asking for clean burning natural gas now because of its cost relative to alternative fuels, as well as its environmentally friendly features,” said Stephen C. Thompson, Senior Vice President of Chesapeake. “We are currently assessing the economic viability of expanding our pipeline and distribution infrastructures. If deemed economically viable and pending any required regulatory approvals and franchise agreements, natural gas could be available in northern Worcester County by the end of 2011,” Thompson added.

As part of a proposed 2011 pipeline expansion project, natural gas would be available in the towns of Dagsboro, Frankford, and Selbyville, DE, assuming all of the necessary governmental approvals are granted. Natural gas service would be available to customers in close proximity to the pipeline and distribution systems. In the future, these systems could be expanded as customer demand for natural gas grows.