Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brantley Asks Help to Bring Natural Gas to Its Residents; the Plan to Tap into a Pipeline Could Also Aid Glynn in Enticing Industry to the Western Part of That County

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brantley Asks Help to Bring Natural Gas to Its Residents; the Plan to Tap into a Pipeline Could Also Aid Glynn in Enticing Industry to the Western Part of That County

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Byline: Mike Morrison

BRUNSWICK | Brantley County has asked Glynn County to cooperate in a measure that would bring natural gas to Brantley and spur economic development in both counties.

A natural gas pipeline owned by Southern Natural Gas crosses U.S. 82 in Glynn County a couple of miles east of the Brantley County line.

Brantley County Commission Chairman Ron Ham asked the Glynn County Commission this week to join Brantley in an effort to tap into the pipeline.

The pipeline, Ham said, is for the intrastate transportation of natural gas and is not currently set up for local use.

"I'd like Brantley County and Glynn County to seek grant funds to install a low-pressure pumping station," Ham said.

Currently, Brantley is without natural gas service. Residents that want to heat or cook with gas must use propane or liquefied natural gas, options that Ham says cost twice as much as natural gas piped to a home.

Tapping into the pipeline would give Brantley residents a lower-priced option, he said, but would also entice industry to an area in dire need of it.

"We've already lost some industry because there was no natural gas," he said.

Glynn County has natural gas service in and near Brunswick, but tapping into the pipeline in the western part of the county would act as further enticement to industry, Ham said. …

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