Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving approximately 3 million customers in more than 1,400 communities from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy has grown from 279,000 customers in 1983 mainly by acquiring utility assets. The company has regulated utility operations in Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. It is the largest natural gas distributor in the states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition, Atmos Pipeline–Texas is one of the largest natural gas transmission and storage systems in Texas. Its pipelines span the state from far West Texas to the border with Louisiana and southeast to the Greater Houston area.