Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Bay State Gas Company dba Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
Current Parent Company: 
NiSource
Penalty: 
$8,900,000
Year: 
2013
Date: 
September 4, 2013
Offense Group: 
consumer-protection-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
consumer protection violation
Violation Description: 

Columbia Gas agreed to refund $8.9 million to customers in settlement of allegations a buyout payment it received in 2006 should have been immediately returned to ratepayers, since it had already been granted a rate increase on the assumption that it was paying higher annual payments on a gas transportation contract.

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Massachusetts Attorney General
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Massachusetts
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Indiana
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
utilities and power generation
Specific Industry of Parent: 
energy generation
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Parent company note: 
Parent-subsidiary relationship is current as of the most recent revision listed in the Update Log.