Black Hills Energy buys Longford natural gas system

Black Hills Energy announced it has purchased the municipal natural gas system in Longford, which is northwest of Junction City, and will now provide natural gas service for the community.

The purchase follows approval by the town's voters and the Kansas Corporation Commission, according to a news release from the energy company, which also serves Wichita.

"We are pleased to welcome Longford into the family of 59 communities we now provide with natural gas service in Kansas," said Vance Crocker, the general manager of Black Hills Energy in Kansas.

Longford is located 30 miles west of Milford, whose natural gas system was also recently acquired by Black Hills. The town's 58 customers will be served by a full-time technician who has relocated to the area and will be supported by Black Hills Energy's Wichita office, according to the news release.