PUC Approves Settlement with Peoples Natural Gas Company
Published on 8/4/2022
Filed under: Gas
Settlement Follows PUC Examination of 2019 Incident Involving Natural Gas Leak and Service Outage in Moon Township, Allegheny County
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today approved a joint settlement that addresses events surrounding a natural gas leak and subsequent service outage in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, related to the alleged failure of a temporary meter station installed by Peoples Natural Gas Company (Peoples Gas).
The Commission voted 3-0 today to approve the settlement, following a period for public comment. There were no comments filed regarding the settlement.
The settlement – which was submitted jointly by the PUC’s independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) and Peoples Gas – follows an informal I&E investigation into the cause and circumstances of events that took place on March 9, 2019, at a temporary meter station located on Western Avenue in Moon Township that resulted in a natural gas leak and outage impacting approximately 980 customers in that area.
Under the terms of the settlement approved today, Peoples Gas will pay a $195,000 civil penalty – payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to be paid within 30 days of this PUC order becoming final.
Additionally, within 30 days of the entry of this order, Peoples Gas will provide I&E with information about the locations of all current temporary meter and regulator stations in the Peoples’ system; change its design process regarding temporary meter and regulator stations; and implement a process to enhance communications with the I&E Safety Division about reporting incidents.
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Docket No.: M-2022-3028365
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