More than 100 people packed a public hearing room and overflowed into the hallways of the offices of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska on Wednesday morning. They were there to give their take on a recent 48.5 percent increase in the cost of natural gas Enstar is delivering to its customers.

They were also there to hear Enstar -- the Southcentral utility responsible for the increase -- explain the reason for the hike in cost.

Some were there to petition the RCA to make Enstar lower the rates. Others were there to vent. Some got what they wanted; others, not so much.

By the meeting's end, there were no changes made to Enstar's tariff -- the rate it charges customers for the gas it buys from Cook Inlet producers.

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