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Worcester County to Get Natural Gas

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SNOW HILL, Md.- Whether he likes it or not, homeowners like Claude Hall have to make the switch from propane gas to natural gas.

"I don't want them to bother mine," said Hall, of Snow Hill. "I don't want my yard dug up and I am satisfied with what I got."

Hall has been using propane gas for 51 years.

"I use it in the kitchen for cooking and I use it for my drying in the garage," he explained.

Now a new energy company has taken over in his area. Some customers, like Hall, had no idea until they opened up their bill.

"So when the bill came it was under a different gas company name," said Hall. "And we questioned it and they told me that Eastern Shore Gas has been bought out by this company."

The new company, Chesapeake Utilities, plans to convert the majority of propane service in Worcester County to natural gas. Construction workers will have to tear up the roads to lay underground pipelines.

"Sure it will be a hassle, if they have to dig streets up and go through people's yards," said Hall.

But the company told WBOC the headache now will be worth it in the long run, with nearly 11,000 residential and commercial customers saving five to 10 percent on their utility bills.  That could amount to as much as $200 a year savings on an average customer's utility bill.

Savings, between five to eight percent in average, have started June 1, according to Chesapeake Utilities's spokesman Darrell Wilson.

Chesapeake Utilities claims the underground propane conversions for West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, and Berlin are estimated to take about four to six years.

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