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Vectren North is facing $100,000 in fines from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission related to a ruptured gas line that caused a New Albany house to blow up. The IURC says proper protocol was not followed in four different instances, yielding a maximum fine of $25,000 per violation.
Danielle McGrath with the IURC says there were a laundry list of issues with Vectren’s handling of the site.
“The line was not properly uncovered or marked, and so there were issues with boring protocol, notification protocol, proper leak investigation protocol, and then finally the commission‘s decision found that they also failed to engage in first responder activities,” McGrath says.
Miller Pipeline Corporation, owned by Vectren, was drilling in New Albany. After failing to find the location of the underground infrastructure, the drill damaged a natural gas main.
That leak sent gas into a nearby home, which then exploded. Vectren has 30 days to pay the fine or file an appeal.