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Draft ruling OK's Conn. gas expansion plan

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut regulators have issued a draft ruling approving a massive expansion of natural gas service across the state.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, released the ruling Wednesday. It approves a proposal by the three investor-owned gas companies in the state to connect about 280,000 new customers to gas over 10 years.

The typical homeowner would face no up-front connection costs. Instead, their monthly bills would be hiked 10 percent for 10 years. Average-size businesses would see their bills rise 50 percent per billing cycle over a decade.

Family-owned heating oil businesses say the expansion would hurt their companies.

PURA will accept written comments on the draft ruling until November 12 and expects to issue a final ruling November 21.

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