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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An energy officials says it's going to cost more to heat Utah homes with natural gas.

Duane Zavadil, a vice president at Denver-based Bill Barrett Corp., says new pipelines will ship gas from the Rocky Mountains to the West Coast and the Midwest, leaving Utah residents to pay more for their gas.

He spoke Wednesday during a legislative committee briefing on a proposed project in central Utah.

The company expects to take 1 trillion cubic feet of gas from about 800 wells in the West Tavaputs area. Company officials say that's equal to about 60 percent of Utah's consumption for 10 years.

The exported natural gas will help drive down energy costs elsewhere in the country but not necessarily in Utah.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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