PUCO opens investigation of Pepper Pike gas pipeline incident
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Dec. 18, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today initiated an investigation of Dominion Energy Ohio’s compliance with gas pipeline safety regulations with respect to the gas incident that occurred on Nov. 15, 2019 in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
On Dec. 12, 2019, the PUCO staff filed a notice with the Commission detailing its initial investigation of the incident. PUCO staff noted a 30-inch steel distribution main failed and released natural gas into the atmosphere which subsequently ignited. PUCO staff indicated the section that failed was placed into service only two weeks prior to the incident.
PUCO staff is directed file an investigative report within 90 days.
The PUCO is committed to ensuring the safe, reliable and environmentally sound operation of Ohio's natural gas pipeline systems. PUCO investigators inspect each natural gas pipeline system in the state at least once every two years and review records and procedures implemented by utilities. When violations are detected, the PUCO orders corrective action and may assess fines and other penalties to ensure that Ohio’s natural gas pipeline systems continue to deliver natural gas safely and reliably. Additional information regarding PUCO compliance actions is available on the PUCO website.
A copy of today’s Commission entry, and the above mentioned PUCO staff letter, is available on the PUCO website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov by clicking on the link to Docketing Information System (DIS) and searching case 19-2140-GA-GPS.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
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