Pa. Fines UGI $500K Over Blast That Killed 5

Deadly blast was traced to a crack in a gas main

By Peter Jackson
|  Thursday, Jan 24, 2013  |  Updated 7:28 PM EDT
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Pa. Fines UGI $500K Over Blast That Killed 5

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This is a photo of the aftermath of the explosion.

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Pennsylvania regulators will fine a utility $500,000 for a 2011 natural gas explosion that killed five people in Allentown.

The Public Utility Commission on Thursday approved a settlement that also requires UGI Corp. to replace all its cast iron pipelines within 14 years and to enhance its testing and monitoring programs.

The cause of the February 2011 explosion was traced to a crack in a cast iron gas main.

Commission Chairman Robert Powelson and Vice Chairman John Coleman called the utility’s safety record “downright alarming.”

UGI, Pennsylvania's largest gas utility, says it has accelerated the replacement of older gas pipelines. It says it also plans to “continue to work collaboratively” with state regulators to ensure gas is delivered safely.

Click here for UGI’s whole statement.

 


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