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‘Natural gas bill to go up 14%’: Why?

I would assume that The Durango Herald knows we do not get our energy from Excel and have to wonder why it ran the article “Energy bills should be lower this year.”

After all, this article ran days after I received notice from ATMOS (Durango’s natural gas provider) that my gas bills will be 14% higher this season.

Rather than running irrelevant stories, why doesn’t the Herald investigate why my bill will go up 14% but folks in northern Colorado’s bills will go up only 7% and southeast Colorado only 4%?

We live in the San Juan Basin, one of – if not the largest – natural gas fields in the world. And we have had to live with the gas drilling impacts for the past 30 years or so. Did we get absolutely nothing from all that development and drilling?

Michael Black