COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Crews with Piedmont Natural Gas are working to install a 128-mile pipeline that will go through 11 counties, including Columbus Brunswick, Bladen and New Hanover.
According to a spokesperson with Duke Energy, the pipeline will be used as a path for natural gas to reach Progress Energy Carolina's Sutton Plant in Wilmington.
The spokesperson said reducing coal units and using natural gas will result in lower power bills and cleaner air.
The project began in spring 2011 and is expected to wrap up this summer.
Regarding the safety of the pipeline, a spokesman with Piedmont Natural Gas tells us, before gas enters the pipeline a number of test are done to make sure it can withstand pressure.
He says, they conduct several inspections and routine patrols. He added before digging near a pipeline people should always call 8-1-1.
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