Friday should be the last day for gas line flares in Deep Gap.

Fred Steele, president of Frontier Natural Gas said that this month has seen the company performing regular maintenance on the company’s gas line, that runs from Yadkin County to Deep Gap, and is required by the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

Every seven years, gas companies must inspect and clean gas lines, and it is done using what is called a smart pig, that is pushed down the gas line by increasing pressure in the line. The excess gas is then burned off, and that is why many people are seeing the flame occasionally at the terminus of the line.

The smart pigs check for corrosion and gather other data about the condition of the line.

Steele said while the inspection is required, the 10 inch line is only about 20 years old and there is no expectation of any problems.