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WPS Extends Gas Pipeline to Potawatomi Community

Wisconsin Public Service crews have begun to extend a natural gas pipeline from Crandon to the Forest County Potawatomi Community. 

WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says the project involves about five miles of both new construction and upgrades to existing infrastructure. 

“If we’re looking for any additional expansion beyond the Forest County Potawatomi governmental buildings there, we do need to make sure that our system has enough pressure and is built to the specifications necessary to do any expansions.”

Van Zile says customers near Lake Lucerne and Lake Metonga have also expressed interest in natural gas as a cheaper fuel option. 

The current project will serve Potawatomi office buildings.

As spokesperson George Ermert explains, the tribe has long been working with Wisconsin Public Service to get a gas pipeline extended from Crandon. 

“As you know, LP can be pretty expensive. So the natural gas can allow customers to save some money. But it’s also something that’s something that’s easier for development for the tribe, as they pursue other opportunities and projects.”

WPS crews began construction this week, and expect to wrap up in August. 

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