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Federal officials demand utilities speed up replacement of aging pipelines
Dominion East Ohio announced it is expanding their pipeline replacement program
Story by PHIL TORRES


 

Federal transportation officials are demanding that natural gas companies speed up replacement of aging pipelines. But the gas company that serves most of northeast Ohio says it didn’t need the federal pressure to begin the repairs.

Dominion East Ohio announced last week it is expanding the 25-year pipeline replacement program it began in 2008. Dominion is replacing bare metal pipes that were laid in the early part of the 20th century and now it is also replacing some pipes that were waterproofed in the field over the decades. In all, spokesman Neil Durbin says 5,300 miles of pipeline are being replaced.  

 

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In all, the project is expected to cost $2.7 billion. Dominion East Ohio is requesting Public Utilities Commission of Ohio of rate hikes to help recover the costs of the accelerated replacements before the end of the upcoming summer construction season.  

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