Curtis Dinan Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Pierce Norton President, Chief Executive Officer
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Good day, everyone. And welcome to the ONE Gas fourth quarter year-end earnings conference call. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Mr. Curtis Dinan. sir. ahead, go Please

Curtis Dinan

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Pierce Norton

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Curtis Dinan

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Pierce Norton

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Curtis Dinan

you joining this Thank morning. for us

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