- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

ABBEVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Abbeville residents are getting closer to having natural gas service.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1L3vmcH ) that 62 people have committed to paying a connection fee and having at least one continuous-use appliance powered by gas.

CenterPoint Energy needs at least 100 residents to sign up to bring gas lines to town.

The connection fees decrease significantly when 135 households commit to service on the potential gas line route, which is from Roseburg, through Abbeville.

Abbeville Mayor Scott Fricker said signatures have been gathered for months and he sees tremendous benefits to gas, despite the initial cost.

Fricker says the only other alternative to electric heating is propane. He said the price of propane is volatile because it is not regulated by the Public Service Commission.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com

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