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Cascade Natural Gas agrees to $2.5 M penalty for pipeline safety violations

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OLYMPIA, WA - Pipeline safety regulators today filed a settlement agreement with Cascade Natural Gas Corporation in response to a complaint filed against the company for violating state and federal pipeline safety regulations.

The settlement, filed by staff of the Utilities and Transportation Commission, would impose a total penalty of $2.5 million, suspending $1.5 million on the condition that the company completes a comprehensive compliance program by agreed deadlines.

The compliance program will require Cascade to validate the Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure for every pipeline operating above 60 psig, focusing on high-risk pipelines. Cascade would also be required to submit a to third-party audit evaluating the company’s pipeline safety management program.

The settlement will be presented to the three member commission, which can choose to accept, reject, or modify the agreement.

In July, the UTC filed a complaint against Cascade, after a staff investigation revealed that the company was unable to provide required documentation for nearly 40 percent of its high-pressure pipelines in the state of Washington.