RICHMOND — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has
approved a settlement proposal between Washington Gas Light and SCC staff that ends
an SCC investigation of an accident that occurred on December 19, 2010 and destroyed
a home in Chantilly, Virginia. Washington Gas, without admitting or denying any
violations of safety standards, has been directed to undertake several safety improvements
including the replacement of all copper service lines in the Brookfield Community
where this particular accident occurred.
Washington Gas is also paying the Commonwealth of Virginia $154,800 as part of the
settlement with another $219,700 due if the remedial actions set forth in the SCC
order are not met.
The company has until November 30, 2012 to replace all of the copper service lines
in the immediate neighborhood. The company must also test and collect information
on the copper service lines as they are replaced and use this information to assess
the integrity of the remaining copper service lines in its Virginia service territory.
Washington Gas must report its findings to the Commission and take those actions
that are deemed appropriate based on the results.
An investigation of the accident by the SCC’s Division of Utility & Railroad Safety
cited nine alleged violations of the Commission’s gas pipeline safety standards.
In addition to the removal and testing of the copper service lines, Washington Gas
has been directed to revise several procedures, including the procedures used for
responding to an emergency. The company is also required to conduct refresher training
for all field employees and contractor personnel on identifying and reporting to
the company abnormal operating conditions by no later than July 31, 2012.
Case Number URS-2012-00130
View Order of Settlement