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Natural Gas Prices Are Up Again in Missouri

September 28, 2004
By: Bente Birkeland
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri government says its hands are tied when it comes to rising gas prices and your rising gas bill. Bente Birkeland has more from Jefferson City.

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Natural gas prices are up again this year, but Warren Wood, head of the Missouri public service commission says his agency can't do much about it.

Wood says utility companies can pass the cost of higher gas prices to their customers.

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Contents: It doesn't fall under state or federal regulation. And that's where we're seeing these big increases in cost.

Wood says natural gas prices are roughly twice as high as they were two years ago and he's concerned because it poses a real problem for a lot of Missourians.

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The Missouri Government and a public utility company disagree about whether you'll be shelling out more money to heat your house this winter. Bente Birkeland reports from Jefferson City.

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Susan Gallagher is a spokesperson with Ameron UE Corporation, the third largest natural gas provider in Missouri. She says higher natural gas prices don't neccesarily mean a higher heating bill.

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Contents: Our prediction is we can keep prices fairly stable if we don't have a harsh winter. If we do, all bets are off.

In contrast to the UE spokesperson Warren Wood, the head of the Missouri public service commission isn't so optimistic.

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Contents: Those increases in gas costs are a real problem for a lot of people.

Wood says gas prices are roughly twice as high as they were two years ago.

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