Update 2019-04-04: Actually the gas did go through a sewer pipe; AGL didn’t locate or mark that pipe, either. And the GA-PSC report was on the front page yesterday of the newspaper of the largest city in the Suwannee River Basin.
Maybe the gas didn’t go up a sewer pipe to the coffee shop after all.
And in its long-awaited report,
Pipeline Safety at the Georgia Public Service Commission
is not letting AGL hand the blame to its contractors.
This recommended fine does not look like the previous slap on the wrist.
GA-PSC says AGL failed to locate and mark its pipeline in use
and failed to locate “their abandoned natural gas facility at 107 Courtland Ave.,”
which is the address of the Coffee Corner which blew up in August
and sent three women to the hospital with third-degree burns.
AGLC failed to consider the use of a valve
to stop the flow of gas, or to check the surrounding buildings and confined areas,
during the response to this incident, as required by their procedures.
But those are just in the first two items, which only got a $15,000
recommended fine each.
The same $15,000 level of fine is recommended for AGL’s failures to test
its personnel for drug or alcohol
after the incident.
The big item, with a $2,245,000 fine, is for AGL failing Continue reading