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Who should pay for BGE gas pipelines?

I question the need for the legislature to impose a surcharge of $2 per month on all BGE customers to pay for new gas pipelines ("Utility surcharge bill advances in Senate," Feb. 6).

The maintenance of natural gas pipelines is the responsibility of the owner of the pipelines. If maintenance is needed, BGE and those who use its natural gas should pay for it, not the customers who only buy electricity from the company.

As BGE customers who do not have natural gas supplied to our neighborhood, it seems grossly unfair to charge those of us who are not direct users of the gas flowing through the company's pipelines.

Sam Davis, Towson

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