Columbia Gas Sends High First Bill Since Explosions To North Andover Man

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(Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio1030)

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ-AM) — North Andover resident Paul Craney received a $820.92 gas bill from Columbia Gas. This is the first bill he has received since September’s gas explosions in Merrimack Valley.

Craney lost gas service for a few days after the explosions. He said he has no problem paying the balance, but he is upset Columbia Gas never notified him that they would be issuing retroactive billing in one lump sum so close to the holidays.

“I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where I could pay this. Of course it’s a lot of money, but there’s a lot of people in town that may not have that type of flexibility,” Craney said. “When they get this bill right after Christmas, it’s going to be quite a surprise for them, and I think they are going to struggle to pay for it.”

Columbia Gas issued Craney a $70.69 credit for the days he did not have gas service.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports  

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