PUC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Settlement with Peoples Natural Gas Company
Published on 5/13/2022
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) has moved to seek public comment on a proposed settlement addressing 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 to publish the proposed settlement in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for comment. Concerned parties have 25 days from the publication of the proposed settlement to file their comments with the Commission. It is strongly encouraged that any comments be filed using the PUC’s free eFiling system.
Joint Settlement Proposal
The joint settlement – which was submitted 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 proposed settlement, Peoples Gas agrees to pay a $195,000 civil penalty, make changes in the design process for temporary meter and regulator stations, and enhance communication with the PUC’s Safety Division regarding incidents.
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Docket No.: M-2022-3028365
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