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Columbia Gas reducing some bills

November 24, 2008

CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Columbia Gas of Maryland says it will reduce the budget payment amount for most residential customers by approximately 25 percent, or $34, for their December billing statements.

For the average residential Columbia Gas customer, the monthly payment amount will drop from about $135 to about $101, the utility said Monday.

"The current economic downturn has raised concern about heating bills this winter," Columbia Gas of Maryland President Terrence J. Murphy said. "Columbia Gas is committed to doing whatever we can to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to our customers at the lowest possible cost."

Columbia Gas normally reviews budget payment amounts in July of each year. Natural gas prices were higher in July 2008, but have since fallen dramatically. As a result, an adjustment will be made to reflect this lower cost on Budget Payment Option customer bills.

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The portion of Budget Payment Option customers who do not purchase their gas from Columbia might not receive a reduction, depending on their contract with their marketers, the utility said.

Customers will be notified about their budget adjustments with a notice in their December bill, Columbia said.

Columbia Gas of Maryland, with headquarters in Canonsburg, serves approximately 33,000 customers in three counties.

More information about Columbia Gas of Maryland is available at www.columbiagas.com.

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