- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine energy regulators have recommended a $150,000 fine against Summit Natural Gas after an investigation found the company damaged sewer lines in 25 places.

The Public Utilities Commission said while installing gas mains, Summit failed to locate existing underground utility lines and laid their lines too close to them. A PUC inspection found damage to sewer lines in 13 places in Augusta, eight in Gardiner, three in Yarmouth and one in Cumberland.

The Kennebec Journal (https://bit.ly/1wM8sS7 ) reports that the PUC said if the natural gas line were punctured, gas could move through the sewer line to a home, where it could cause an explosion.

A Summit spokeswoman said the company “takes this matter very seriously” and is fixing the damage.

Summit this year completed a 68-mile, $350-million backbone from Gardiner to Madison.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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