Panguitch officials are looking at the feasibility of getting natural gas into the community, but Mountain Fuel wants more than just a commitment of customers. The utility wants money.
Garfield County is one of the few counties in southwestern Utah without natural gas. It became available to Sevier, Sanpete, Iron and Washington counties a few years ago and is soon expected to be ready for distribution in Millard, Beaver and Juab counties.The Panguitch City Council was told by Mountain Fuel Supply Co. representative Wayne Saltzgiver that a contribution of between $800,000 and $1 million would be necessary before the company could bring a gas line into the Panguitch area. And that's less than the company previously wanted.
"We met a few years ago when Mountain Fuel put in the pipeline that runs through Cedar City and St. George (and) at that time they said our contribution would have to be $2.5 million." recalled Panguitch City Recorder Karen Breinholt.
The council was told that customers in Panguitch would also pay 22 percent more for their gas than customers who receive the service in northern Utah.