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 April 21, 2005
Anti-poverty advocates ask New England Gas to halt gas shutoffs
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Anti-poverty advocates are asking the New England Gas Company to halt gas shutoffs until the end of the winter.

Representatives from the George Wiley Center also want the state Division of Public Utilities and the attorney general to make sure New England GasÔŅĹs prior shutoffs comply with the law. The center says there have been about 230 shutoffs so far.

Anti-poverty advocates say shutoffs increase the risk of fires, because families resort to space heaters to keep warm.

A phone message left for New England Gas was not immediately returned.


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