Landowners not on the hook for insolvent gas or oil companies

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The Alberta Utilities Commission recently released a decision confirming its authority to order refunds for the electrification costs of oil and gas leases that were mistakenly billed to farmers.

Last year, an electric utility was trying to collect payment from farmers for electricity supplied to an insolvent oil and gas company. Some landowners brought the issue to the attention of the Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO), which issued a warning and pursued the matter with the utilities’ commission.

The FAO says landowners should check past electricity bills and contact it or the utilities’ commission if they were billed for electrification of an oil and gas lease.

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