Natural gas sales reps were legitimate, police say



Beaver County Times

The appearance of Major Energy salesmen last week - and their request to see natural gas bills - led residents to call police. The investigation was noted in the Times, creating many more phone calls.

"Our investigation is complete," Patrolman Timothy Depenhart said Wednesday. "This is not a scam. It's a legitimate company. I'm happy, and I hope this puts people's minds at ease."

A Major Energy official flew from New York City to visit Wednesday with Ambridge police, who told him his employees should always consult with borough or police officials before entering a community.

Christopher Johnson, director of operations for marketing, said that when people try to call Major Energy headquarters last week, the offices were closed in observance of a Jewish holiday.

Johnson said his company was approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission earlier this year to market natural gas in Pennsylvania. The commission approved the Major Energy service application, which includes the gas account number of residents.

Major Energy would supply natural gas, possibly at a lower rate than current providers, but would use Columbia Gas or National Fuel operations for pipelines, billing, meter reading and emergency service. 

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