WPS natural gas project is upsetting several residents

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin Public Service wants to expand natural gas service to residents in Sturgeon Bay as it anticipates growth to the city in the future. They'll need to build a new substation/regulatory station, and people who live near that site are not happy.

Tom Kurtz who lives in the area has owned the home he shares with his wife for over 40 years. He said he and many neighbors don't want a natural gas station right next to their homes.

“Most people's biggest investment they have is their home, and they don't care about that, all they care about is what's the least expensive for them to do,” said Tom Kurtz, who said he is concerned over health issues, and the property value of his home.

WPS said it's aware of the concerns Kurtz and others have, and it's still working with the city to address them.

“It's important to note that regulating station would be housed inside a permanent building, so we do not anticipate that residents would notice any significant noise impacts once it is placed into service, and we remain open to additional feedback on this project as we continue to go forward,” said Matt Cullen, Senior Communications Specialist for WPS.

The proposed route for the regulatory station would start at an existing station on Neenah Avenue then work its way over 18,000 feet to where Tom Kurtz and his wife live.

The city right now, is stuck in the middle.

“The city position is while we support the overall project, getting rid of some redundancy, replacing a 1960’s line, is good for the city but we agree that site is not a good site, if that's the only site they can come up with then maybe, but they've got to look at alternate sites,” said Marty Olejniczak, Community Development Director in Sturgeon Bay.

The city would still need to approve the site, but until then Tom Kurtz said they will keep fighting.

For more information on the project: https://psc.wi.gov/pages/Sturgeon-Bay-Natural-Gas-Expansion.aspx