Oklahoma officials, utility settle house explosion case

The Associated Press and The Journal Record http://www.journalrecord.com - November 5, 2016 2:25 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a $1.01 million settlement with a natural gas utility in connection to a January house explosion.

Authorities say a faulty weld in a plastic natural gas pipeline led to the Jan. 2 explosion in an Oklahoma City neighborhood. One person suffered burns and two people were treated for breathing problems.

The Journal Record reports the settlement with Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. was approved Thursday. The utility agreed to the settlement but didn’t admit to guilt.

The commission’s pipeline safety division found the company failed to conduct surveillance on eight similar pipeline leaks, failed to investigate the cause of those leaks and failed to perform the proper survey the day before the explosion.

As part of the settlement, the utility agreed to examine its entire pipeline network throughout Oklahoma.


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