- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s utility regulator says Columbia Gas can have a fine cut in half if it puts programs in place to prevent the kind of explosion that leveled a suburban Columbus house and damaged others nearby.

Columbia Gas of Ohio was facing a fine of $400,000 for the explosion in Upper Arlington last March.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1JkfJ1d ) an agreement with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to reduce the fine was signed Friday, but still needs final approval.

Columbia Gas has proposed several programs to ensure such a blast doesn’t happen again.

A spokesman says the utility will work with municipal water departments, plumbers, contractors and others to avoid mistakes that could cause a similar explosion.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com



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