Canadian Pipeline Explosion Causes Headaches For SOU

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

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

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emma says, "this isn't the first time the university has had to switch it's boilers over to diesel here on the sou campus, however i'm told last time this happened, it was in the dead of winter. so the school says if it has to happen, it's better it's happening now and not then." sou says it got avista's notice in the middle of the night.. today - it's boilers are running on diesel. something the school says it doesn't like to do. diesel is more expensive and does not burn as cleanly as natural gas. spokesperson joe mosley says the school is a bulk customer with avista. that can be a good thing and a bad thing. "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 says since it's only october - the school hasn't been heating many buildings anyway. since getting the notice, it's only heating one - the student health center. mosley says it shouldn't affect students.. they'll still have hot water and showers. but it's a good time to keep them short. "we don't want them staying in the showers too long." he says the notice from avista says it expects to have the pipeline repaired in a few days. until then - the school says it's a good lesson - it pays off to be prepared. in ashland, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12. [a18]medford photo enforcment-vo speed
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