Va. Natural Gas settles pipeline safety claims

Va. Natural Gas settles pipeline safety claims

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Va. Natural Gas settles pipeline safety claims

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WVEC.com

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- Virginia Natural Gas has agreed to change practices and pay up to $1.8 million in penalties to settle more than 40 violations alleged by state regulators.

The Norfolk-based company also agreed to spend $15 million on pipeline replacement projects.

Virginia Natural Gas didn't admit or deny the allegations in two settlements with the State Corporation Commission.

According to the settlements, state inspectors alleged that workers failed to follow proper procedures while installing, repairing or conducting maintenance on or around the company's pipelines.

A spokeswoman for Virginia Natural Gas' parent, AGL Resources, Inc., says no service was affected and no one was harmed.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://www.pilotonline.com

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