- Associated Press - Monday, March 11, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Public Service Commission has set up a $5 million fund that could be used to expand natural gas lines in rural areas across the state.

Northern district Commissioner Brandon Presley tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Atmos Energy has agreed to forego $5 million in immediate profits to create gas line infrastructure in rural areas. The fund would allow Atmos to immediately develop the lines and then reimburse the commission over time.

Presley says the goal is to start construction this year and have those rural areas connected by this fall. He says the program is driven by the amount of interest shown. So far, residents in Nettleton, Plantersville, Starkville, Grenada, Tunica and Hernando have expressed interest in the expansion.

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



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