- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Atmos Energy has asked Mississippi regulators for approval to speed up the replacement of aging natural gas pipelines.

Atmos, based in Flowood, also asks the Mississippi Public Service Commission for a surcharge to pay for the work.

The surcharge would be - in the first year - 82 cents per month. It would be adjusted annually as additional money is spent.

In May, the PSC put the request on hold while it studied it further. The three-member commission has 120 days to finish up its review.

Atmos spokesman Robert Lesley tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1QETt5t) that the cost of accelerated spending on the company’s system will be somewhat offset by natural gas prices, which are projected to remain low for the next several years.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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