WA Utility to Pay for Pipeline Safety Violations

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 @ 02:12 PM gHale

Cascade Natural Gas Corp. will pay $2.5 million to resolve a complaint filed over pipeline-safety violations, according to Washington state regulators.

The staff of the state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) filed the settlement agreement Thursday. The UTC said it would suspend $1.5 million of the penalty if the company completes a compliance program.

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The settlement still must go before the three-member commission, which can accept, reject or modify it.

In July, the UTC filed a complaint against Cascade, after a staff investigation found the company was unable to provide the required documentation for nearly 40 percent of its high-pressure pipelines in the state.

A company spokesman said Thursday “Cascade Natural Gas recognizes the importance of having accurate records and is committed to achieving compliance through the settlement agreement.”

Kennewick, WA-based Cascade Natural Gas Corporation serves nearly 200,000 customers in the state.

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