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University of Utah resolves natural gas issue

Posted at 5:45 PM, Dec 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-05 23:49:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY – The issue that prompted a campus-wide alert warning students and faculty at the University of Utah that Friday will be a lot colder inside some buildings has been resolved.

Initially the U of U was going to be forced to keep buildings west of the Eccles Broadcast Center at a low temperature of 50 degrees. A spokesperson told FOX 13 News there was an issue with its supply of natural gas.

Questar Spokesman Darren Shephered said, while they distribute to the campus, the university buys its natural gas through a marketer at a discounted rate.

“It’s working fine for all of our 900,000 customers in Utah, except for maybe those [about 400] large-use customers that have elected not to buy their gas from Questar but decided to buy them from other marketers buying supplies,” he said. “It’s their responsibility and the marketers to get their supplies to our distribution system.”

When Thursday’s supply didn’t show up, the University sent an alert to students saying several building temperatures would be affected by Friday morning, but the issue has since been resolved.