Residents petition against proposed gas rate increase

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Residents gathered in Roanoke City library to discuss a petition against a proposed Roanoke Gas rate increase.

According to petitioners, Roanoke Gas wants to raise rates by 11% to construct two gate stations in Montgomery and Franklin Counties on behalf of Mountain Valley Pipeline. Petitioners also say the rate increase will allegedly extend gas services to Franklin County.

RGC claims the rate increase would help pay for repairs, upgrades and operation systems.

Attorney John Fishwick says the company is not in need financially, citing praises from company President, John S. D’Orazio, in the company’s 2018 Annual Report.

Desiree Shelley, Climate Justice Organizer for “Mothers Out Front,” says on top of the financial burden this rate would impose on families, the environmental impact could also harm children.

“Urban areas are more likely to experience flooding from storm water from increase storms that we have from climate change. They’re more likely to have children with asthma as a result of fossil fuels being burned in their cities,” says Shelley.

The State Corporation Commission is holding a hearing on Wednesday to discuss the proposed rate increase.

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