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    Default UGI CORP fined $500K

    Pa. fines utility $500K over blast that killed 5 - WTOP.com


    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania regulators are fining a utility the maximum $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 say the case marked the eighth time in four years that the panel has dealt with alleged gas-safety violations by a UGI-owned distribution utility. They called that record "downright alarming."

    A spokesman says UGI, Pennsylvania's largest gas utility, plans to issue a statement later Thursday.

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    Default Re: UGI CORP fined $500K

    Wow! 8 times is alot, I wonder, though how they are going to check to see if all the pipes have been changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sauroke View Post
    Wow! 8 times is alot, I wonder, though how they are going to check to see if all the pipes have been changed.
    I am guessing that for most of these locations the installation of new plant requires a permit. If nothing else a permit to cut the public road surface. So they can provide their internal work orders and the permit numbers for those internal work orders.

    The permits are public record and can easily be checked for authenticity.

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