I stopped using gas years ago to switch to electricity only. The gas company closed and capped the meter for me as well.
Fast forward to 2016 some dude from the gas company says since we havent used it for like 10 years they need to excavate and cap the main pipeline underground for "safety resasons". I found this ridiculous. What if I want gas again in the future or sell the house to someone who does?
Is this a scam? Do they have legal right to do this? Wouldnt this bring my property value down?
Or a in ground gas grill outside... We had one for so long at my parents house. Lasted like 20 years. Before they had it ripped out because nobody used it... Most of the neighborhood it was like that. I always thought it was a good feature/idea.
Nobody can give you a straight answer cause OP didnt say where he lived. Country/state information at least!
Yes it is a scam, they cannot legally do this because it is a utility and someone might want it in the future, if they would "cap" it they would just turn it off at the district distribution, there won't be any fucking around if someone's house is not using gas, so yes it's just a scam, just ignore them
They can in fact legally do this specifically BECAUSE they are a public utility.
It is a safety issue and this is common practice. The cost of the operation is generally born by the utility for line closures and connections. The search terms you're looking for are "pipeline abondonment" and regulations and rules vary at the state and federal levels.
In my state residential service abondonment only requires locking service interuption at the meter and complete disconnection of the house lines from service. Some states have additional laws and regs covering older unused abandoned lines. If you have an early 1900's house this old piping may be the reason for the mains disconnect.
As to decreased value of the home, this decision was already made when an electric furnace was installed. But it's effect on home value is negligable in comparison to the home's value as a whole.
Gas appliances and furnaces fetch higher house values because they're simply better experienced by the end users along with their increased installation costs.
And the utilities comission considers having gas available to the property due to the presence of the gas main under the adjacent street. Generally there is a fixed fee they are allowed to charge to connect a new service, whether that requires re-using the old service line or installing a new one.