SEVERE WX: Winter Weather Advisory - Winter Storm Warning - Flood Watch - High Wind Warning View Alerts

Canadian Pipeline Explosion Causes Headaches For Local Businesses

A Canadian pipeline explosion is forcing Southern Oregon University to cut back on natural gas usage.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 6:34 PM
Updated: Oct. 10, 2018 6:39 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- A Canadian pipeline explosion is forcing Southern Oregon University to cut back on natural gas usage.

Director of Communications Joe Mosley said the university received a notice from Avista early Wednesday morning. 

Mosley said SOU is a bulk customer of the utilities company, which means it gets a discounted rate.

"That's great as far as price goes, but in situations like this where there's a disruption to the line, we can be asked to either voluntarily or there can be a mandatory curtailment as well," Mosley said. 

He said SOU has switched its boilers over to diesel rather than natural gas. 

"It's something we don't like to do because it's more expensive, and it also doesn't burn as cleanly as natural gas, but we can do it for a few days," Mosley said. 

He said this has happened once before.

"It has happened in the middle of the Winter, when it was a much more difficult situation. Right now obvisously we have pretty moderate temperatures, we've only been heating three buildings on campus," Mosley said. 

The Bard's Inn in Ashland also said it received a notice from Avista asking to cut back on natural gas.

Manager Chris Muck said the hotel has been cutting down on the amount of laundry because it has a stockpile of clean laundry it can use.

"When something like this happens it's good to have to that because I mean anything could happen in the Winter, so it's good to be prepared for stuff like this," Muck said. 

Article Comments

45° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 45°
45° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 39°
Crater Lake
39° wxIcon
Hi: 39° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 31°
Grants Pass
Broken Clouds
50° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 50°
Klamath Falls
39° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 31°
Wet Weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Latest Video


Teen Faces DUII Charges After Car Crash


Medford Police Chase Suspect by Car and on Foot


VIDEO FORECAST: Stormy Weekend


VIDEO FORECAST: Rain & Snow Return




Britt Fest Nominated to National Historic Register


Talent Bee City USA Looking For Volunteers


Daily J! - Market Watch


Justice for Jarred


The Pledge: Kids Unlimited, Medford

Community Events