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City council looking to change process for Atmos rate increases

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New rules could be on the way for any gas company that operates in the city of Lubbock.

They come as the city continues to fight a change in how Atmos Energy applies for a rate increase.

As we first told you last month, the city is appealing a ruling by the Texas Railroad Commission.

Atmos used to come to Lubbock, Amarillo and other big cities individually to ask for a rate increase, but last year, regulators approved combining the area into one West Texas region.

With no resolution in place, the city is changing its requirements for how gas companies can request a rate increase.

They want to know the reason why, up front, instead of getting some information, and then having to ask for more.

Councilman Jim Gerlt said, "If you're just looking through a knothole in a fence, you don't see the whole parade passing by. It's a lot easier if you know exactly what's coming so you can make a determination from that."

Council members approved the change on Wednesday, but they must go through a second reading to make it official.

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