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letters | grappling with gas leaks

Lag on repairs is an outrage

I am outraged by almost every line in Erin Ailworth’s “$1.5b lost to gas line leaks” (Page A1, Aug. 1). How is it possible that gas companies passed off to ratepayers $20 billion in lost gas costs over the last decade due to leaks in old pipes?

Thomas Kiley, chief executive of the Northeast Gas Association, blames regulation. Kiley complains that some utilities have waited up to a year and a half to recover the cost of repairs from ratepayers through the regulatory process, and says that that’s “a long time to be waiting to get your cash back for your business.” That sounds like a great return on investment to me, but I’m not a gas company.

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