Base rate increase approved for Mountaineer Gas

Mountaineer Gas had requested a 4.9 percent, or $12.2 million, base rate increase for its residential and small commercial customers. On Wednesday, the Public Service Commission approved a 2.5 percent, or $6.3 million hike, or roughly half of what Mountaineer Gas had been seeking. Here's the twist. Despite the base rate increase, Mountaineer Gas customers can expect lower bills because the price of natural gas has declined since last year.