Pa. officials hold hearing on gas infrastructure

Monday, March 07, 2011

The chief executive of a Pennsylvania utility company says it's possible a leak in a natural gas pipeline developed after workers conducted an inspection a day before an explosion that killed five people last month in Allentown.

UGI CEO John Walsh says the investigation into the February 9 explosion will take an additional six to eight weeks before a final determination is made about the circumstances surrounding the blast.

Walsh and other officials addressed a congressional subcommittee hearing about the pipeline safety Monday morning in King of Prussia.

Two fatal natural gas explosions have occurred in southeastern Pennsylvania in recent months. An elderly couple and a 4-month-old boy were among the victims of the Allentown blast. A Philadelphia Gas Works employee was killed in a January explosion.

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