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Dear PoPville – Washington Gas Doesn’t Bill Me, How Do I Make This Right?

by Prince Of Petworth December 14, 2011 at 11:00 am 42 Comments

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Dear PoPville,

I have lived in a house for 4 years and for a variety of reasons, have never received or paid a gas bill.

Washington Gas maintained in several calls in 2007 that we don’t exist (note: our house is oddly located), though there is an old meter. We read her the meter number and she said that it was turned off in 1979. After many phone conversations with Washington Gas, we finally set up an account number, and sometime later, they even came to our house, set up a high pressure line, and had to re-drywall where they worked. My wife thought I was paying the bills, and she thought I was, and now we realized we are still getting a free ride. I remember reading an article somewhere that up to 5% of DC homes are off the radar of Washington Gas and do not receive or pay bills.

I want to resolve the issue and pay up, but I don’t think there will be any way for Washington Gas to apportion our use from the previous owner’s, who was clearly getting free gas as well. (I do not know if we ever gave them a meter reading; I don’t think so). I also am hesitant to try to resolve it for fear they will cut off our gas until we pay the full amount going back to 1979. I would be willing to multiply every bill for the next 12 months by 4 (for 4 years total) but I don’t want to risk them saying no and have my gas cut off.

Any advice on how to proceed?


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