Gas Outage Investigation

New Mexico – The Legislature has given final approval to a proposed investigation into why tens of thousands of New Mexico were left without natural gas service last month when extremely cold temperatures gripped the state.

The legislation creates a governmental task force that must submit a report to the governor and legislative committees by August. The group is make recommendations on how to prevent similar gas outages in the future.

Task force members include four legislators, the homeland security secretary, chairman of the Public Regulation Commission, attorney general, superintendent of insurance, the adjutant general and secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration.

The bill goes to Gov. Susana Martinez, who can sign or veto it. The Senate unanimously approved the House-passed bill on Saturday.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.