Dallas, Texas — Dallas Gas & Electric Co. is closing its natural gas stations in 2016.
The company announced the closure on its website Monday.
The stations will no longer be in service after December 31, 2016.
Dallas Gas &s; Electric is one of the largest natural gas suppliers in the U.S. and its stations are located in Dallas, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin.
The company said it was able to make this difficult decision because of the increasing demand for natural gas.
The Houston-based company, which has a long history of producing natural gas, announced the change in August.
Dallas Gas &ing; Electric said it had received thousands of letters of support from customers who supported the change.
The city’s mayor, the Dallas City Council and the city’s public safety officials were among those who signed a letter calling on the company to preserve the stations.
“I understand that natural gas is an environmentally friendly fuel,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a statement.
“We have made some good decisions on the ground to preserve and protect our environment, and I look forward to working with the company that owns these natural gas resources to continue our work to make our city a safer place.”
The closures will affect approximately 5,000 employees, including about 2,500 in Dallas.
Dallas Gas has said it is working to create new jobs and improve the utility’s infrastructure.
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