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Tribe, utility far apart on natural gas pipeline

Talks to renew a natural gas pipeline agreement between the Navajo Nation and the El Paso Corp. have stalled, The Arizona Republic reports.

El Paso uses a 900-mile pipeline on the reservation to ship gas from Texas to Arizona, New Mexico and California. The company pays the tribe for the use of the land under a right-of-way agreement that expires next month.

As part of the talks, The tribe is asking for three times as much, the paper said. The request already has El Paso seeking federal approval to hike gas rates.

Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, Republicans from Arizona, have urged both sides to resolve their differences but not much has happened, the paper said.

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Dispute may raise gas bills (The Arizona Republic 9/23)

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