Friday, June 25, 2010

State Board Blames Unitil for Punctured Gas Line

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is blaming Unitil for the gas line
ruptured in downtown Westbrook Monday during highway reconstruction. "The
line had not been marked by the utility," said Evelyn deFrees, a spokeswoman for
the commission. "It's a pretty clear-cut case." A natural gas supplier, Unitil
was once known locally as Northern Utilities. Investigation of the incident is
continuing and penalties range can from $500 to $5,000 per violation, according
to deFrees. No one from Unitil could be reached for comment by American Journal
deadline Wednesday.
- John C.L. Morgan

Related: Construction Crew Strikes Gas Line on William Clarke Drive (June 21, 2010)

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