The city of Elizabethtown is asking homeowners, if they can, to turn down their thermostats.
In a Facebook post, the city, along with everyone else along the Texas Gas pipeline from Texas to Michigan, is under a Force of Majeure event, which is an unforeseeable circumstance that prevents someone from fulfilling a contract.
Basically, pipelines in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma are freezing, which in turn potentially could create a natural gas shortage in the local area, the post said.
Amy Inman, public relations, said the city has plenty of gas in storage. That’s not a problem. But in an effort to conserve during the current low temperatures, she said Matthew Hobbs of the city’s natural gas department suggested asking if residents would lower their thermostats.
As of Wednesday evening, the Facebook post was shared nearly 800 times. Already, she said Hobbs has noticed the effects of conservation of the community in this effort.
“People have good hearts and want to help,” Inman said, noting the community’s overall positive response toward the city’s public works department during these winter storm events.
This is a national event, not specific to Elizabethtown. The extremely low temperatures are the issue and as they rise this issue will resolve itself, the post said.