Though an enthusiastic backer of LePage's push to extend pipelines throughout Maine, including to his mill, Van Scotter is not banking on it, he said Friday. He is taking advantage of the 30 percent savings natural gas delivered by truck will provide him over his costs for the No. 2 and No. 6 heating oil his mill burns to make business-card paper and party goods.
Trucking in liquid natural gas "is kind of a bridge for us in between using oil and getting natural gas via pipeline," Van Scotter said. "It is going to require some capital on the plant side, but obviously we think it's worth it. It is a big cost reduction. It's not like pipeline gas, but it is still a big reduction."
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