Reading, PA (April 23, 2012) – UGI Utilities (UGI) today submitted a timely Answer to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) regarding the PUC’s Millersville Complaint. In its answer, UGI denies that its actions caused an explosion that occurred in Millersville, Pennsylvania on October 31, 2011.
UGI also notes in its Answer that the explosion that occurred in Millersville was caused by a third party directional drill contractor, working on a fiber optic project, which struck a UGI natural gas main. The puncture in the UGI natural gas main caused by the directional driller’s actions precipitated the sequence of events leading to the explosion. Moreover, the directional driller and the designer of the project failed to comply with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Underground Utility Line Protection law by, amongst other things, failing to alert UGI in advance of the project, failing to submit valid one call locate requests and failing to followed required rules for verifying the location of utility facilities before drilling.
UGI Utilities knows that it is the Company’s responsibility to safely deliver natural gas to our customers and we take our responsibility seriously. UGI specifically denies in its Answer that any of the alleged violations of its own operating rules or associated gas safety regulations precipitated the event or violated the Pennsylvania Underground Utility Line Protection law. UGI believes it should not bear responsibility for the failure of the directional drill contractor and the fiber optic project designer to follow applicable gas safety rules.
UGI’s system design is safe, compliant, and meets customers’ needs. UGI is committed to operating and maintaining its natural gas system in a safe and reliable manner and to providing safety-related information to Company customers and to the communities where UGI facilities are located.