Update 2019-09-17: Decision deferred for questions.
AGL has whittled GA-PSC staff’s recommended fine of
down to $250,000, on the theory that prevention is the goal, not punishment.
This item is on
GA-PSC’s agenda for 9AM tomorrow morning, September
16 17, 2019.
There will be live stream of audio.
AGL President Bryan Batson (in green shirt) at 5701 Quarterman Road, Lowndes County, Georgia
$110,000 of the settlement is to go to fire departments for gas detectors, plus $70,000 on water and sewer damage prevention educational programs, and $70,000 to the Georgia Pipeline Emergency Responder Initiative (GPERI). At least that $250,000 is 25 times the usual fine. And despite the usual disclaimers of no admission of fault, etc., there is this:
The stipulation states that AGL cannot recover any of the $250,000.00 through rates or by ratepayers. Additionally, if AGLC receives any tax benefits as a result of utilizing the money, all benefits must be passed on to ratepayers.
When Tom Krause, Public Information Office, GA-PSC, sent me these documents about noon today, he added:
As I said, the PSC is continuing investigations into the contractor and the City of Homerville regarding this incident.
Plus there are quite likely private lawsuits still pending.
Curiously, while Hahira is on that list, Lowndes County is not, even though Continue reading