Pennsylvania Utility Faces Fine Over Allentown Blast

UGI Utilities Inc. failed to follow its own safety procedures after the explosion, investigators say

Investigators with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission have recommended that a natural gas utility be ordered to pay a $386,000 fine and take a series of corrective measures following an explosion in Allentown that killed five people.

The February 2011 explosion destroyed eight homes and triggered a raging fire.

PUC investigators say Reading-based UGI Utilities Inc. failed to heed warning signs about the integrity of its 80-year-old cast-iron mains and failed to follow its own safety procedures after the explosion.

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UGI says it will issue a statement shortly. The company can challenge the investigatory findings and recommendations before an administrative law judge.

 

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