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Columbia Gas waiving late fees for furloughed government employees

Columbia Gas is offering relief for furloughed federal government employees impacted by shutdown. The company will waive late payment fees and offer extended payment arrangements for government employees directly affected by the shutdown.

“We know this may be a challenging time for some of our customers, especially those affected by the federal government shutdown,” said Dan Creekmur, president and COO of Columbia Gas. “We would like to offer payment solutions and reduce some of the stress during this already difficult time.”

Affected government employees can contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077 to discuss their situation.

The company said that it offers many options for any customers struggling to pay their bill including payment plans to help make home energy costs more manageable; the winter reconnect order program to have service restored or maintained with a payment of $175 plus a small reconnection fee; low-income energy assistance programs available through local community action agencies or Salvation

Army chapter; the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus, which is an option for households at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline as well as allowing customers to enroll in the Budget Payment Plan.