A chunk of consumers’ home heating bills pay for “lost” gas – natural gas that never makes it to its intended destination. The Tribune-Review has more on the missing natural gas:
Pennsylvania’s natural gas customers are paying up to $131 million a year for gas they never used, the state Public Utility Commission says.
Nationwide, Pennsylvania trails behind only California in the amount of gas lost each year, according to a PUC report.
Consumers are footing the bill for what utilities call “unaccounted for gas” lost through leaking distribution pipes, inaccurate measurements, thefts or billing problems, the report said.
“I don’t think I should be paying for something I didn’t get,” said Mark Wills of Hempfield. “That’s something (companies) should eat themselves.”