What it is You may have noticed something missing between Ossian and Battle Streets recently. The former NYSEG building was razed a month ago. Little was known as to why until now.

 

You may have noticed something missing between Ossian and Battle Streets recently. The former NYSEG building was razed a month ago. Little was known as to why until now.

According to Clayton Ellis, manager of corporate communications for New York State Electric and Gas, NYSEG’s former Dansville service center was demolished to enable the company to conduct additional work at this site, formally a manufactured gas plant that operated there from 1861 to 1930. NYSEG acquired the property in 1937.

Byproducts from the gas manufacturing process, principally coal tar, remain in subsurface soil at the site and will be removed next year. The manufactured gas plant produced and distributed gas to the local community before natural gas was widely available.

In 1994, NYSEG entered into an agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate, and if necessary, remediate 38 manufactured gas plants in New York. Dansville is one of those sites.