If you’re an Atmos Energy consumer get ready for a rate hike because somebody has to pay for those expensive hotel rooms and lavish meals at posh restaurants.
AUSTIN — Even as Atmos Energy was removing luxurious hotel stays and limousine rides from a natural gas rate case last year, its attorneys and consultants litigating the issue were running up more bills at fancy hotels and spending more than $100 for restaurant meals, according to documents obtained by the Star-Telegram.
So, North Texans get to pay for all that fun “plus about $1.7 million more in questionable expenditures.”
And who do we thank for approving this rate hike? The three current Railroad Commissioners.
Michael Williams didn’t have any problem with the expenditures. If you have the stomach for it, there’s a partial list of the extravagant charges in the Star-Telegram article which includes 88 occurrences of meals over $100.
This would be a good time to remind you that Michael Williams has to go and that we need to hire Dale Henry for Texas Railroad Commissioner.
In the Star-Telegram endorsement of Dale Henry as Railroad Commissioner, the paper quotes Henry giving his opinion on this matter:
Quotes from a Star-Telegram article:
Henry, the retired petroleum engineer, said, “The Railroad Commission of Texas should not sit idly by as energy companies stick bills for hotel rooms and cases of wine to their ratepayers through cost-of-service rate increases” — a reference to various luxury items put in a recent rate case by Atmos Energy.
The North Texas utility removed the items after reports appeared in the Star-Telegram.
Henry also said the commissioner has not done enough to ensure that Texans pay only the appropriate commodity price of natural gas and has “not done a credible job in reviewing and approving cost-of-service rate increases for natural gas companies.”
It’s worth reading the whole article because they call attention to the fact that Henry’s opponents aren’t even clear about what the RRC does.