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  • PSC schedules hearing in Summit Natural Gas complaint case

  • The Missouri Public Service Commission has scheduled a hearing in Camdenton to hear evidence in an ongoing dispute between a resident and Summit Natural Gas.
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  • The Missouri Public Service Commission has scheduled a hearing in Camdenton to hear evidence in an ongoing dispute between a resident and Summit Natural Gas. Evidence will be presented on a complaint filed by Mike Stark against the natural gas company after they laid lines on his property. Stark lives off Lake Road 5-73.
    The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Camden County Library branch in Camdenton. Stark alleges the gas company did the work without his permission. Stark alleges he told crews who were laying the gas lines not to do the work until he met with company representatives. He said his property is also marked with purple paint indicating no trespassing. Stark alleges the crews laying the lines went ahead with the work despite his warnings and alleges the work they did resulted in damage to his property with large ruts in the road making it unusable. The company later came back, disconnected the lines on Stark's property and laid new lines within its easement, but Stark says they have failed to repair the damage to his property.
    Stark filed the complaint in December. Earlier this year, the MPSC staff and Summit representatives recommended the complaint be dismissed. They said the complaint did not fall under the PSC's jurisdiction. However, the commission decided to move forward with the complaint to determine if the company was trespassing and caused property damage and, if so, whether that is a violation of a statute, tariff provision, Commission rule or order. The commission has asked for evidence from the company of its authority to enter Stark's property.
    Summit Natural Gas could not be reached for comment.

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