I finally got a response from my gas company today (after MANY messages left). They said the good news is that the line from the street is sufficient, and would not need to be replaced. However, the meter and regulator needed to be changed. The cost? $1043!!
I argued and said this was ridiculous. I shouldn't have to pay over $1000 to buy more gas from you. Of course, they don't care about that (I guess they don't see the "big picture"). I can't get in touch with anyone other than a call taker at the company. It's Centerpoint Energy.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? I have no question that they are upgrading to much more than I would need. But they stand firm that that's what they "calculated" and if they budge then the could be liable from a safety standpoint... BS.