State regulators: Cascade Natural Gas agrees to pay $2.5M

By The Associated Press

State regulators say Cascade Natural Gas Corp. has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve a complaint filed over pipeline safety violations.

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State regulators say Cascade Natural Gas Corp. has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve a complaint filed over pipeline safety violations.

The staff of the Utilities and Transportation Commission filed the settlement agreement Thursday. It would suspend $1.5 million of the penalty if the company completes a compliance program.

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 that "Cascade Natural Gas recognizes the importance of having accurate records and is committed to achieving compliance through the settlement agreement."

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

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