Gas Distribution

BANGOR, ME, July 1, 1999 - Bangor Gas Co. today announced it will hold a series of neighborhood informational meetings to discuss the company’s plans for the construction of a new local natural gas distribution system and to answer questions from area residents.

The first meeting for Bangor residents is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, at Abraham Lincoln School, 75 Forest Ave. Pipeline construction in Bangor is expected to begin July 6 in the following areas: State Street, from Broadway to Eastern Maine Medical Center on the odd-numbered side; York Street, from Kenduskeag Plaza to Newbury Street; Hancock Street, from Oak Street to State Street; and all connecting streets in this area.

At the community meetings, Bangor Gas officials will discuss the construction schedule, installation methods, and what, if any, impact there will be on traffic. Information on the safety, reliability and residential uses of natural gas also will be discussed, and residents will have the opportunity to ask questions about the project.

In 1998, Bangor Gas received approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission to provide natural gas service to residential, commercial and industrial customers in 12 communities in the greater Bangor area. These communities include: Bangor, Bradley, Brewer, Bucksport, Eddington, Hampden, Herman, Milford, Old Town, Orono, Orrington, and Veazie. Construction of the natural gas distribution system began in the summer of 1998 and the system is expected to begin operation in late 1999, coinciding with completion of the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline Project.

"We’re excited about bringing safe, reliable and low-cost natural gas to the greater Bangor area," said Jim Tyler, general manager at Bangor Gas. "These meetings are intended to allow residents to ask questions and learn firsthand about our plans to bring natural gas service to their communities."

Bangor Gas Co. is a joint venture of Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. and Los Angeles-based Sempra Energy Utility Ventures. Bangor Hydro (NYSE: BGR) is the second largest electric utility in Maine, serving a population of 192,000 in eastern and east coastal Maine. Sempra Energy Utility Ventures acquires and develops small- to medium-sized regulated energy utilities in North America. Sempra Energy Utility Ventures is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Sempra Energy, with 12,000 employees and revenues of $5.5 billion, has the largest utility customer base in the United States, serving 21 million consumers through 6 million natural gas and electric meters.

For more information on the neighborhood meetings, residents may call Bangor Gas at (207) 941-9595.