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Kansas AG says winter storm natural gas prices appear illegal

Kansas Gas Service workers survey a potential gas leak in 2016. The company is proposing an upcharge of between $5 and $17 after historically cold temperatures in February.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the natural gas price spikes during the February winter storm “appear to violate Kansas law,” and he is seeking expert help with the investigation and potential lawsuits.

Schmidt announced Monday that his office has submitted a request for proposals to retain a law firm with expertise in the natural gas marketplace. The law firm would assist with the ongoing investigation and any civil litigation enforcing state anti-profiteering law.

“State law prohibits ‘unjustified’ price increases for ‘necessary’ goods and services during a declared state of disaster emergency, and on their face these increases appear to violate Kansas law,” Schmidt said in a statement. “Our investigation has reached a point where additional resources and expertise in the complicated natural gas marketplace are required.”

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