The Parkland School District recently installed a new natual gas pipeline that will add extraordinary value by enabling the school to operate its boilers with gas in lieu of fuel oil. It is estimated that the natural gas expenses will decrease utility bills by approximately $400,000 in the first year alone. Parkland High School was initially built as a facility that could heat the building with dual fuel capabilities with the foresight that a natural gas pipeline could come into fruition, however the cost to install a pipe from Route 309 to PHS was previously cost-prohibitive. Therefore, PHS has been using fuel oil for its main source of heat which is currently much higher than the cost of natural gas. When the pipeline was installed at GEO Specialty Chemicals, a neighboring business, the district was able to install and connect its pipeline at a much lower cost. The District also received help from Jeras Corporation which allowed a portion of the pipeline to cross over their land.
Pictured from left to right are Tony Sayegh/UGI, Kurt Schreefer/PSD, Mark Lapos/PSD, Robert Stoyko/UGI, Congressman Charlie Dent, State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, State Rep. Mike Schlossburg, Brad Osborne/GEO Specialty Chemicals, Roberta Marcus/Parkland School Board Vice President, and Superintendent Richard Sniscak who all were in attendance for the public dedication of the new gas line in December.