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Cardinal Natural Gas proposes rate hikes for Blacksville, Lumberport-Shinnston customers

MORGANTOWN — Blacksville customers of Cardinal Natural Gas could see their bills rise by just over 10% if the Public Service Commission approves a request submitted by the company this week.

The proposal is included in a combined filing seeking rate hikes for Cardinal’s northern and southern divisions. Cardinal has two northern territories — Lumberport-Shinnston and Blacksville — that span Harrison, Marion, Monongalia and Preston counties, and that Cardinal plans to combine into a single territory with a uniform rate.

Cardinal is asking for a total $370,911 increase for the northern division — an overall 5.92% increase.

Blacksville residential customers would see an $8.41 monthly increase, 10.36%. Blacksville customers receiving the 20% discount rate would see their monthly bills rise $6.73, also 10.36%.

Lumberport-Shinnston customers would see a smaller increase: $7.28, 6.59%. Customers with the 20% discount would see a $5.82 increase, also 6.59%.

Cardinal says the rate hikes stem from increased operating costs. The proposed hikes would take effect Jan. 21, 2025.


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