BARNSTABLE – National Grid officials say replacing the natural gas line east of Barnstable will take 5 to 7 years and cost about $50 million.
The project, which they say is necessary to upgrade equipment, will result in a moratorium on gas line hookups for commercial and residential customers. That is leaving some residents who planned on hooking up to the line in a bind.
“I can understand why they need to improve the infrastructure, but I think we really have some folks who got caught in the middle of this that we need to be sympathetic to and work with,” said Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf. “The gas company really has to look at the commitment made to those folks and create some kind of work around for them.”
Wolf said legislators are working with National Grid and the Department of Public Utilities to try gain some flexibility on the matter.