The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has unanimously approved a $50,000 civil penalty settlement with Peoples Natural Gas Co. LLC that requires the company to implement safety enhancements. The settlement regards Peoples’ alleged failure to correctly classify and document natural gas leaks and make appropriate repairs in a timely manner. The company must now better monitor certain kinds of leaks during extreme cold, implement written guidelines for when and how certain leaks should be replaced or repaired, and train personnel associated with the changes, among other things. The company may not recover the civil penalty from ratepayers. Peoples serves 700,000 natural gas utility customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky.
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