The state Attorney General's Office has sued a Colorado propane company accused of leaving hundreds of people in Northern New Mexico without access to safe heat as winter arrives.
The lawsuit against Bob’s LP Gas, filed late Wednesday, alleges the company is failing to refill leased propane tanks despite consumers paying on their contracts. The problem became acute in recent weeks as temperatures fell in far Northern New Mexico.
"Without propane in colder temperatures, these New Mexicans are forced to resort to burning wood for heat, using dangerous gas grills or electric space heaters for warmth," the AG's Office said in a news release.
The office also seeks an immediate injunction against the company to either force it to provide propane to its customers or allow another company to fill in temporarily.
Owner Robert Sivers did not return a message seeking comment.