Why should the ratepayer shoulder the risk when private industry is unwilling to?

"Ordinarily, the natural gas producers would be expected to pay for this infrastructure expansion, if the expected revenue from natural gas sales would justify the cost," Jones and Kulik wrote. "The fact that this is not happening means industry players have determined the risk is not worth the reward. Why should the ratepayer shoulder the risk when private industry is unwilling to?"

– Letter signed by 100 Massachusetts Legislators