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Columbia Gas to hold meeting in Easthampton Thursday on gas line project

EASTHAMPTON - Residents can learn more about a $1.425 million project to update and expand gas lines in the city at a public meeting Thursday.

Representatives of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will answer questions and provide information about the gas line projects as well as its Energy Efficiency Programs at the meeting, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, according to a press release from the company.

The work to replace aging gas lines started in April, when the company spent $500,000 to replace World War II-era pipes on Union Street and the surrounding side streets. Replacing the old metal pipes with plastic ones increases capacity and reduces the risk of gas leaks, the company said.

In the Ferry Street area, pipelines were extended and upgraded to provide natural gas to 74 residences and three businesses for $440,000, the company said.

Columbia Gas is also replacing lines under a one-mile section of Strong Street and under a half-mile piece of Parsons Street, with a total price tag of $555,000.

— REBECCA EVERETT

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