Spring 2013 Newsletter

Spring Newsletter 2013

Well folks, spring is right around the corner. Looking back, it is safe to say that old man winter arrived with a whimper but is leaving with a roar. February’s blizzard will go down as one for the record books. With that said, we would like to thank the hundreds of customers that cleared paths for our guys. The effort was greatly appreciated.

We have had some inquires about switching to natural gas. The governor and his supporters within the big corporations and public utilities have been offering the moon, stars and sun to people willing to convert. When making a big decision like this, it is important that you have the facts, not government and corporate propaganda. These are the indisputable facts, in the form of a question and answer.

Q) How much will it cost to switch to natural gas?

A) On average, $5000- $7000, plus the cost of removing your existing system and oil tank.

Q) Is natural gas better for the environment than oil?

A) No, we drill for gas, just like oil. Natural gas, once burned, emits methane, which is a more powerful greenhouse gas (20 times in fact) than carbon. Once discharged into the atmosphere, methane remains in the ozone for 9- 15 years, on average.

Q) Is natural gas safe?

A) That is a matter of opinion. If properly installed you should not expect any trouble in your home. However, natural gas is delivered by high pressure lines. In 2011 Yankee Gas of Connecticut testified at a DEEP hearing that their delivery system was so antiquated that it would take 67 years to upgrade, at the cost of billions. In 2011 and 2012 there were over a dozen natural gas explosions which resulted in multiple loss of life, and hundreds of injuries throughout the country, including recent incidents in Shelton and New Milford and, of course, the 5 workers killed in the natural gas plant explosion in Middletown in 2010. In short, drop a lit match into a bucket of heating oil, it fizzles out. Light a match next to a natural gas leak however, and it will explode. Google natural gas explosions, there is plenty to read about.

Q) Is gas cheaper than oil?

A) For 17 of the last 20 years, no. For the last 2 years, yes. Thanks to new drilling technology, the United States currently has a glut of natural gas. And, unlike oil, we do not export it. However, 15 energy companies have submitted applications with the federal government for natural gas export licenses. When those licenses are approved, American natural gas prices will double.

Those are the facts and they are indisputable. Our message to you is to make an educated choice. Ask before acting, research before reacting.


“I have lived in my house for over thirty years. I went through 5 different companies for the first 15 years, and I’ve been with Oyster River for the last 15 years, with no problems or regrets.”

John F., Bethany