Questar will Fight Supreme Court Decision

Questar will Fight Supreme Court Decision

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Questar Corp. has said it will fight a decision by the Utah Supreme Court on Friday that said the company cannot charge customers to remove excess carbon dioxide from natural gas.

The company said in a statement Monday that it will collaborate with the Public Service Commission about the charges. The PSC is the regulatory body that gave Questar permission to charge $5 million a year for removing the non-burning carbon dioxide from natural gas.

"We are surprised and dismayed that we have not finally resolved the question of our ability to recover these necessary and legitimate costs," Questar president and chief executive officer Alan Allred said Monday in a statement. "We continue to believe that past and future costs are recoverable in our rates."

Questar said the natural gas removal usually costs between $4 and $5 a year per customer, but the court estimated it to cost $8 to $9 a year.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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