RHINELANDER - Last year, a valve malfunction in eastern Wisconsin sent natural gas leaking into the air. A similar situation in the Northwoods could cut off gas supply to a whole city and be dangerous to people in the nearby area.
Wisconsin Public Service wants to be ready in case something like that happens. A natural gas station near the intersection of Highways 8 and 47 provides natural gas to most of the Rhinelander. Workers rushed there on Monday, simulating their response to a leak.
"In the worst case scenario, we would lose the whole town of Rhinelander, and then we would have to get into everybody's home and re-light their appliances," said WPS gas mechanic Shane Sarkkinen. "Everybody's home in the town could be affected. And all of the businesses."