Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Driscoll: Utilities, Not Municipalities, Should Pay Emergency Costs

From a press release issued by the Maine Legislature's House Majority Office on behalf of Rep. Tim Driscoll:
Rep. Timothy Driscoll, D-Westbrook, has proposed
legislation that would permit a municipality to recover emergency response
expenses after an accident caused by a natural gas utility. On Tuesday, Driscoll
presented his bill, LD 515, An Act To Allow a Municipality To Recover Emergency
Response Costs from a Natural Gas Utility in Certain Cases, to the Legislature’s
Natural Resources Committee. “This bill would prevent cities, like Westbrook,
from having to bear the financial burdens of costly emergency response services
as a result of utility negligence,” said Driscoll. “This bill rightfully shifts
the costs from the taxpayers to the utilities.”
- John C.L. Morgan

Related: The Augustan: Rep. Driscoll Explains His Legislative Bills

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