STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

NIPSCO cleaning up former gas plan property in Logansport

NIPSCO is doing its part to help clean up former sites of manufactured gas plants A project to clean up an old site in Logansport began this week.

Posted: Jul 9, 2020 6:57 PM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI)- NIPSCO is doing its part to help clean up former sites of manufactured gas plants A project to clean up an old site in Logansport began this week.
"Manufactured gas plants were used in the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s in most communities in the US as a fuel source to provide heating, lighting, and cooking for communities," said Karen Mclean the Public Affairs Manager for NIPSCO.

With natural gas becoming available, and how gas is stored changing, manufactured gas plants began to close, but some left behind pollutants that are bad for the environment. This site in Logansport is one of them.

"There is environmental residue here, the coal tar it is a byproduct of a manufactured gas plant. It's a lot like roofing materials or the asphalt we use in roadways," added Mclean.

This cleanup project will get rid of those by-products that could potentially be harmful to groundwater.

"We are going to dig the soil up replace it with filled soil and then completely re-asphalt the entire area,” added Mclean.

While there are traces of coal tar in the soil it's not something that is hazardous to the public since it's underground.

"Where we have impacts to the soil is probably at 12 feet, and no one is going to be exposed to that soil,"Syndey Walmer-Rice the project manager of the Logansport project.

People who live in Logansport can expect a few changes while the project is taking place.

"People in the area might notice dust or an occasional odor of mothballs or tar but this is completely normal," added Mclean.

However, the site is completely safe for the public.

"It's a safe site as far as exposure to the public and to the environment but are going to make it even better,” added Walmer-Rice.
The location of the former gas plant is on E. Erie Avenue, between S. 5th Street and Elm Street. The air quality will be monitored to ensure the safety of the public and workers during the project. The clean-up is expected to wrap up in September.

Lafayette
Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 26°
Kokomo
Cloudy
29° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 19°
Rensselaer
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 21°
Lafayette
Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 26°
Danville
Cloudy
32° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 22°
Frankfort
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 20°
Frankfort
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 20°
Monticello
Cloudy
29° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 21°
Monticello
Cloudy
29° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 21°
Logansport
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 30° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 20°
Cloudy Monday With A Few Flurries
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 590211

Reported Deaths: 9310
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion815581297
Lake44306666
Allen31919541
Hamilton28371304
St. Joseph26766371
Elkhart24098341
Vanderburgh18643213
Tippecanoe17422121
Johnson14496284
Porter14399160
Hendricks13870241
Madison10561212
Vigo10483171
Clark10240130
Monroe9076108
Delaware8836132
LaPorte8771155
Howard7897138
Kosciusko787277
Warrick643890
Hancock638797
Bartholomew626694
Floyd6150105
Wayne5933157
Grant5818110
Dubois544372
Boone534367
Morgan516291
Marshall494184
Henry493664
Cass471760
Noble460557
Dearborn458444
Jackson414745
Shelby402179
Lawrence380575
Clinton364539
Gibson356556
DeKalb337363
Montgomery334851
Harrison328542
Knox327839
Miami309843
Steuben306340
Adams295235
Whitley294125
Wabash293045
Ripley292345
Putnam284847
Huntington283557
Jasper282433
White267538
Daviess261672
Jefferson250738
Fayette242348
Decatur242182
Greene233360
Posey232326
Wells229447
LaGrange224161
Clay217932
Scott216937
Randolph208340
Jennings192535
Sullivan189031
Spencer181917
Fountain179725
Washington177118
Starke171341
Jay162821
Owen159537
Fulton159229
Carroll152115
Orange151433
Rush149918
Perry147227
Vermillion144933
Franklin143433
Parke12908
Tipton128232
Pike113625
Blackford107522
Pulaski95237
Newton89421
Brown85530
Benton84310
Crawford7579
Martin70013
Warren6587
Switzerland6205
Union6113
Ohio4677
Unassigned0374

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events