Time Running Out In La Ronge Natural Gas Campaign

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 12:50



Today is the last day La Ronge homeowners and businesses have got to influence a decision on whether natural gas comes to their community.


SaskEnergy officials remain optimistic about the campaign to bring natural gas to La Ronge — despite having just under 60 per cent of the required commitments for the project to proceed.


As of yesterday afternoon, there were a little less than 300 commitments.


SaskEnergy says if the natural gas offering doesn’t get at least 500 sign-ups, the deal is off.


Spokesman Dean Reeve says it will be mid-February before SaskEnergy knows if the campaign goal has been reached — mainly because of all the paperwork involved.


However, Reeve says he’s confident the campaign will be successful.


He says the utility is waiting for two major players to make a decision on natural gas — and if they decide to sign on the dotted line, the campaign should reach its target.


SaskEnergy wants to start building a natural gas pipeline to La Ronge and Weyakwin this year, with hopes of having the service available by 2008.