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Thursday, February 10, 2011
2/11: NM Senate to Hear Gas Outage Concerns
Majority Floor Leader, State Sen. Michael Sanchez (D-Belen), announced today that a Committee of the Whole will convene on the Senate floor Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM to listen to testimony on the natural gas outage that left many New Mexicans in the cold. He said senators will be taking the testimony as part of Senate Memorial 30, introduced by Sen. Carlos Cisneros (D-Questa), requesting a task force to investigate how and why New Mexico Consumers lost natural gas and to make recommendations on how to prevent loss of service in the future.
The outage left more than 30,000 homes and businesses without heat for six days in more than one dozen communities across the state. Many residents have complained of long delays by New Mexico Gas Company in re-lighting their heaters and said the outage left them with frozen water lines in their homes and other expenses.
Representatives of the New Mexico Gas Company and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission will be at the hearing and El Paso Natural Gas has been contacted to attend. Senators have invited members of the public to speak at the committee meeting as well. Citizens can sign up to speak on the day of the committee meeting at the Chief Clerk, Lenore Naranjo’s office in room 115 of the State Capitol.