by James Hufnagel
National Fuel supplies natural gas to over 730,000 residential and corporate customers throughout Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. The Williamsville, NY-based oil and gas concern is vertically integrated across five business divisions: Exploration & Production, Pipeline & Storage, Gathering, Utility, and Energy Marketing, all operating largely within the Buffalo metropolitan area.
National Fuel filed a request late last week with the New York State Public Service Commission to increase utility base rates for New York customers. If approved, it will result in a 7.2% increase in delivery rates, an additional $5.75 a month on a typical gas bill, from approximately $80 to $85.75.