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Fri May 30, 2014

Legislators Strike Deal On Changes To Pre-Buy Fuel Contracts

House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on changing when fuel dealers can contract with customers to buy fuel in advance.

The bill is in response to disruptions in home heating oil deliveries this winter by one of New Hampshire's largest fuel companies. The bill 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 sign contracts before May 1 at their request.

This 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.

Friday's compromise also includes money for 22 towns toward flood control.