HARTFORD, CONN. — Connecticut heating oil dealers are outraged that the state plans to expand natural gas pipelines and convert 280,000 heating oil users to natural gas. Heating oil dealers contend that the project will spend $7 billion in state money, but the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded that the pipeline build-out will be financed by natural gas utilities that will recover their investment from users.
Connecticut's national public radio affilitate WNPR reported:
Heating oil dealers said a decision by regulators to allow a massive expansion of natural gas usage in Connecticut will cost thousands of jobs. The state’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority this week issued a draft decision giving the go-ahead to Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposal.