Natural gas to be shut off for Four Corners homes, businesses | News
Before the end of the year, dozens of businesses and homeowners in the Four Corners will not have any natural gas.
Thaddeus Cano manages Fisheads San Juan River Lodge located near the Navajo Dam. The lodge also has a store and restaurant.
“We cater to our local economy and local residents by providing them something to eat,” he said.
So when a letter came on Tuesday from the New Mexico Gas Company, stating they would no longer be providing gas, he became worried.
“I knew that this was going to be a very, very big issue,” Cano said.
In the letter, the gas company said it will give the 71 customers impacted a total of $5,000 to help convert to another system.
But Cano said it will take a lot more money because each of the nine rooms have their own individual natural gas heater.
“For our business alone I'm probably looking at $40,000 to $60,000,” he said.
So what happened?
Williams Midstream is the business that actually owns the lines that New Mexico Gas Company uses to provide service to that area.
Something many of the existing customers didn’t know.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 called Williams, but a spokesperson only said that it was a business decision.
They said they are in the business of producing—not supplying—unprocessed and untreated natural gas.
Cano said that decision could mean people lose.
“My biggest concern is for my employees,” he said.
Business owners will most likely have to convert to either electric or propane.
New Mexico gas said the lines will be shut off on September 30.
There are two public meetings planned.
The first will be Monday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Bloomfield Cultural Complex.
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will also hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Farmington Civic Center.