Another Gas Company May Soon Be In Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/12/07

Another Gas Company May Soon Be In Lubbock

Another natural gas company could soon be in Lubbock. Thursday, Lubbock City Council is set to vote on allowing West Texas Gas Company of Midland to set up shop here in the Hub City.

West Texas Gas wants to expand their business to Lubbock, focusing on providing gas to new developments.

Gas Marketing Manager for West Texas Gas J.J. King says, "We're going to have some type of franchise agreement that the current supplier of natural gas Atmos Energy has in places around the city of Lubbock. Our goal is to compete with Atmos Energy in places around the city of Lubbock, where we can get to, and mainly new developments areas.

King adds, it's not economically feasible to service areas with already existing pipelines. So instead, they'll try to service neighborhoods set to be developed.

Atmos spokesperson Dan Alderson tells NewsChannel 11 they welcome the competition.

"They're not direct competition except for only in the outskirts or maybe in the new sub divisions to Lubbock," Alderson said.

So that means, current Atmos customers will not have the choice of switching companies, as this would be new customers in new developments only. And that's determined by the developers.

If council approves this, the city would receive 5% of West Texas Gas's total annual gross profits from Lubbock natural gas sales, which is in return for using the city's right-of-ways.

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