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November 1, 2012

$8.5 million facility will house city hall offices, natural gas hub

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Somerset —

The pump will be open 24/7 and accept credit cards. Girdler expects the facility to attract numerous natural gas vehicles to Somerset to this first-of-a-kind facility in Kentucky.
“Natural gas is being promoted as the energy of the future,” Girdler said. “Somerset’s natural gas business has grown to the point where we can make a major impact on Kentucky and the United States.”
The mayor predicted the city’s natural gas expansion will create as many as 2,000 jobs in the region. This was a factor in the USDA’s approval of $8.5 million for the project.
The loan will be repaid with natural gas revenues and no taxpayers’ money will be involved, Girdler said.
Also, the mayor emphatically said this week “ ... there will be no increase this winter in natural gas rates for consumers.” 

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