Natural Gas Prices In Ohio Drop Due To Shale Drilling

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Customers who buy natural gas from two Ohio providers will pay less in February thanks to high production from shale gas wells and other factors.

The rates will be lower for customers who buy natural gas through Dominion East Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio's standard choice offer.

Beginning Wednesday, Columbia's price falls 2.5 percent to 47.6 cents per 100 cubic feet. That price will run to Feb. 27. On Feb. 13, Dominion's price will fall 3 percent to $3.83 per 1,000 cubic feet.

The monthly variable rates are linked to the price of natural gas contracts traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Since November, contract the prices have closed down at the end of each month.