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Cities sue over natural gas prices

The cities of Glenwood Springs and Aspen filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday alleging that Kinder Morgan and Rocky Mountain Natural gas have been charging too much for natural gas.The suit, filed in Garfield County District Court, alleges that “since at least 1980 the natural gas companies have systematically and falsely represented the characteristics and quality of retail natural gas that they sold to plaintiffs and members of the class in order to unjustly enrich themselves,” according to a news release from the city of Aspen. Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Natalie Shelbourn said on Thursday that she hadn’t yet seen the suit, so she couldn’t comment on it.”I was kind of surprised by this,” she said. The suit alleges that because the gas companies failed to compensate for a decrease in air pressure at higher elevations – high elevation naturally decreases the density of the gas – the less-dense gas “had significantly lower heating content.”At Aspen’s elevation, the suit claims natural gas contains at least 23 percent less heating value than it would at sea level.As a result, the suit claims that the two gas companies “knowingly, deceptively and falsely fail to apply the required conversion factor when billing for the natural gas they have sold and continue to sell.”The lawsuit seeks a monetary judgment to be paid to all the class members for the amount overcharged by the natural gas companies and an order from the court requiring the natural gas companies to adjust their bills to account for the varying elevations (and lower atmospheric pressures) of their customers,” according to the Aspen news release. Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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