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  1. Tedra DeSueIn 1998; when North Carolina officials asked voters to; approve $200 million of bonds to finance natural gas pipelines in rural; counties; the plan was billed as a way to provide residents with cheaper; heating costs. Boosters said a reliable supply of gas would help lure businesses to locate in the mostly poor counties; which include portions of Appalachia.; Voters approved the referendum. Now natural gas prices have skyrocketed; and there are concerns that residents and businesses may balk at paying the higher prices. Nevertheless; the state plans to press on with the massive project.; State and gas company officials who have worked to get the gas; pipelines; to residents who currently use oil and propane say they are; hopeful that pr; ices will fall by the time most of the pipelines are ready; for use; which could be 2003 if the projects stay on schedule.; The largest pipeline would serve six counties -- Gates; Chowan; Perquimans; Pasquotank; Camden; and Currituck counties -- in the; northeastern area of the state and is scheduled to begin operating this; [...]

    Trends in the Region: Bringing Natural Gas to Rural North Carolina Is Slow Going

    Bond Buyer , 31117 / 2001