Nicor, CN reach deal in dispute that threatened winter heat – Utilities News

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13 October 2017 | 4:07 pm

Nicor Gas and CN reached an agreement in a dispute that could have left 250,000 suburban natural gas customers without heat this winter.

The agreement allows Nicor to finish a pipeline replacement, the utility said. The pipe was being rebuilt at the time of a June 30 train derailment in southwest suburban Plainfield that resulted in 30,000 gallons of crude oil spilling.

The pipe, which has remained inoperable since the derailment, is needed to ensure there’s enough gas to supply more than 250,000 customers in western Cook County and eastern DuPage County when the weather gets cold, according to Nicor.

“Nicor is committed to working with the railroad to ensure the safe and timely completion of the pipeline replacement project—a multi-year program to modernize its core pipeline transmission system throughout Illinois,” the statement said.

“We recognize the importance of the utility service that Nicor provides northeast Illinois, and we’re pleased that this agreement has been reached,” said Patrick Waldron, spokesman for CN. “We hope to deal with it quickly, and the work can proceed safely and in timely matter.”

The two companies have still not reached an agreement over whether Nicor or CN is financially responsible for the derailment. A CN subsidiary sued yesterday in Will County Circuit Court to hold Nicor responsible for the derailment costs.

Nicor said today that it had “not yet received notice of a lawsuit by CN and cannot comment on it.”



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