Monday, February 25, 2013 10:27 pm
Utility agrees to $500,000 fine in fatal Pa. blast
The Associated Press
UGI Utilities Inc. president Robert Beard agreed to the state Public Utility Commission's order Monday in a letter that expressed "heartfelt sympathies" to the victims.
Easton's The Express-Times newspaper (http://bit.ly/VJaAtX) says the order requires the Reading (RED'-ing)-based company to replace all cast-iron pipelines within 14 years and expand testing and monitoring.
The February 2011 blast in Allentown flattened a pair of row houses and set a block of homes afire. It was traced to a crack in a cast-iron main.
Beard says the company is committed to addressing the "many significant operational challenges" facing it and others.