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Posted on: February 12, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Natural Gas Usage Alert

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NEWS RELEASE

City of Perryville, Missouri

Friday, February 12, 2021

The extreme frigid temperatures across the entire Midwest and eastern portion of the country coupled with potential wellhead freeze offs and the ice storm in the Texas and Oklahoma area are causing unprecedented natural gas usage.

Natural gas pipelines are implementing restrictions in order to maintain operational capacity. The extremely high natural gas usage along with  pipeline restrictions is having a direct effect on natural gas prices.  Natural gas prices have surged to record high levels. Please make every effort to conserve gas usage during this unprecedented time of emergency.

It has been suggested these prices could be as much as 60 or 70 times higher than normal. We expect this period to begin tomorrow, Saturday February 13th at 9 am and continue for the next several days. Please reduce your usage as much as possible. We will provide notice as soon as this increase has ended.

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