Dominion, Questar file merger applications in Utah, Wyoming

Dominion Resources Inc. (NYSE: D) and Questar Corp. (NYSE: STR) have jointly filed merger applications with the Public Service Commission of Utah and the Wyoming Public Service Commission regarding the pending combination that was announced on Feb. 1. The companies also provided notice of the proposed transaction to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

The pending merger would create an integrated energy company serving about 2.5 million electric utility customers and 2.3 million gas utility customers in seven states. The combined company also would operate more than 15,500 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipelines, one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems, and approximately 24,300 megawatts of electric generation.

Closing of the transaction also requires approval of Questar's shareholders. In February, the Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act with respect to the transaction.

The companies expect the transaction to close in 2016.

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