SaskEnergy is announcing it plans on permanently removing natural gas service for about 250 property owners in the Last Mountain Lake area or about 16 percent of its customer base in the region.
The reason for the move is continued high levels of ground movement meaning safety is at issue.
SaskEnergy’s Dave Burdeniuk says the increased ground movement in just two years are creating a definite safety issue in the region thus the move is being taken.
Those affected have been or will be contacted soon with them being told service is being shut off September 5th and perhaps earlier if there is a huge rain which increases movement.
Burdeniuk adds those affected will be offered a Fuel Transition Allowance to assist them in transitioning natural gas appliances to alternate fuel sources.
The shutdown will affect 87 properties at Saskatchewan Beach, 76 in Regina Beach, 62 at Buena Vista, 12 at Craven, six at Shore Acres and four at Sundale.
In December of 2014, rains and flooding causing underground movement were seen as the cause of an explosion at Regina Beach which levelled a property and started a project which has seen 9 million dollars spent on evaluating infrastructure in the area and repairs.