Teamwork keeps customers warm

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – A collaborative effort between three counties helped to prevent a critically low level of propane from leaving Columbiana county gas customers out in the cold during the recent winter blast.

During a Columbiana County Commissioners meeting on Wednesday, the Momentum gas processing plant in Scio was recognized, along with commissioners in Carroll and Harrison counties for their teamwork is getting a local propane supplier enough gas to service critically low customers.

Columbiana County Emergency Management Director Luke Newbold was informed Monday by Saline Oil that the company did not have enough propane to service some customers who were at critically low levels. Suppliers were tapped out and other gas companies could only service their own customers.

Newbold called EMA Directors in Harrison and Carroll counties and an agreement was worked out with the Momentum gas processing plant in Scio, Harrison County.

Commissioner Jim Hoppel said there has always been a good working relationship between Columbiana and surrounding counties.

“It comes in handy when you get into an incident like this, and you need to get it solved,” said Hoppel. “In the end it may only affect a few people, but to those people it is very important.”

Saline Oil was given enough gas to service customers through next week when propane supplies are expected to stabilize.

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