Waynesfield mulls natural gas issue

Waynesfield Village Council member Rich Libby expressed hesitation to commit his business, IPS West, to bringing natural gas to Waynesfield at a council meeting Monday evening.

Libby said he was concerned that the board and the village itself are moving in the wrong direction, and is unsure if he could commit to a multi-year natural gas project because he doesn’t know if he will be able to operate his business in Waynesfield for that long.

“I don’t know if it’s safe for me and my multi-million dollar investment,” he said. “If I say yes, and I can’t operate here, I would be sticking it to them (the gas company.)”

Libby said he is not opposed to natural gas, but doesn’t think that if he commits to it that his investment will have the support he needs from board members.

“Natural gas is not the issue — my concern is the support structure around it,” he said. “To make a secure investment, I need to know if there is a support structure here.”

At last month’s council meeting, members of Orwell Natural Gas Co. presented a plan to construct a natural gas pipeline through the village. A survey was then conducted throughout the community to determine if there was enough interest in bringing natural gas to Waynesfield.

For the full story, see the Tuesday, Feb. 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.