N.H. governor signs pre-buy fuel contracts bill
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure that changes when fuel dealers can contract with customers to buy fuel in advance.
The bill was in response to disruptions in home heating oil deliveries last winter by one of New Hampshire's largest fuel companies. It prohibits dealers from advertising or soliciting earlier than May 1 for consumers to enter into contracts for the upcoming fuel season. Currently, the contracts can't be offered before Jan. 1.
Consumers could ask to sign contracts before May 1.
Last winter, hundreds of customers complained about delivery problems with Fred Fuller Oil Co. The company blamed the problems on extreme weather conditions, a huge increase in demand and its phone system.
The bill also included money for 22 towns toward flood control.
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