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Gas company speeds up replacement of old pipelines
Dominion East Ohio says reliability and safety are main reasons for accelerated time frame.
Story by CHRIS WALLIS


 

Dominion East Ohio is accelerating its plan to replace more than 5,500 miles of aging pipelines in the region. The company says infrastructure reliability and safety are the main reasons some pipes still in use were installed before 1929.

Customers in Northeast Ohio are already paying about a $1.50 a month for the replacement program – which was to take 25 years. That could double if the Public Utilities Commission approves the accelerated replacement plan over the next five years.

Jeff Murphy, Dominion’s managing director of commercial operations, says new pipes aren’t all customers would get for their dollars. 

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 Murphy says the program will have huge economic benefit, but the main reason for the acceleration is gas accidents here and around the nation. An explosion in Fairport Harbor in January leveled eight buildings.

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Why are the customers paying for gas services and also replacement of the lines? The gas company already has a monopoly on most gas customer electricity possibilities.

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