Gas Shut Off For Local Non-Profit In Midland

Gas Shut Off For Local Non-Profit In Midland

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Genesis Center is devoted to giving victims of abuse, violence or homelessness safety and shelter. Their top priority is to provide the resources to those in need but that was jeopardized Monday when their gas was shut off.

The Genesis Center is currently housing 50 women and children that have not had access to hot water in three days and the center says they were told it would remain that way until November 24.

Director of Women's Services, Emily Faglie, says, "They're not able to take showers and so the kids that go to school may smell bad or their hair looks like it hasn't been washed in a couple of days. It will remain that way until it gets turned back on."

To the surprise of the management at The Genesis Center, women started asking when the hot water would be back. It forced management to look into the issue.

"The first thing we did was to check our bill to make sure we paid it on time and paid the full thing and the lady we originally talked to explained to us that there were two lines coming from the meter to our building and that only one was authorized, so they shut it off," says Faglie.

According to The Genesis Center, there has not been any recent construction for the building to have acquired any new gas lines.

NewsWest9 spoke to Atmos Energy Manager of Public Affairs, Brandy Price, and she said that maintenance was being done Friday when Atmos Energy discovered two lines not run by the energy company connected to the Genesis Center. According to Price, the lines were not being metered and Atmos was worried there was some sort of tampering taking place which resulted in the lines being shut off on Monday.

Atmos Energy told NewsWest 9 that the gas from The Genesis Center was scheduled to be turned back on by the end of the day on Wednesday but The Genesis Center says there have been no changes.