PA regulators OK $1 million utility settlement

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 27, 2013 6:59 AM

(Wilkes-Barre) -- State regulators have approved a $1 million settlement with a northeastern Pennsylvania utility that regulators accused of an improperly repaired gas line that could have led to disaster.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to approve the settlement with UGI-Penn Natural Gas.

The agency accused the company of meager repairs in May 2012 to a corroded 50-year-old pipeline, and also of inadequate investigation and insufficient record keeping.

Under the settlement, the company is to implement computer recording and tracking of leak survey results, hire firms for management and leak audits and provide more information on high-pressure distribution pipelines.

A UGI spokesman said earlier that the firm was committed to ongoing efforts to enhance safety and reliability.

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