CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State regulators have fined Southwest Gas Corp. $300,000 for a pair of natural gas leaks it was responsible for in Las Vegas last year.
Nevada Public Utilities Commission Chairman Joe Reynolds told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the fine approved Wednesday for violation of federal pipeline safety regulations is one of the highest the panel has ever assessed against a utility.
The first incident occurred in July 2016, when a Southwest Gas crew hit a pipeline with a backhoe, forcing the evacuation of 30 homes and loss of power to more than 3,500 customers.
Two months later a state transportation contractor hit a high-pressure steel gas main. Regulators determined Southwest Gas was responsible because it failed to maintain accurate maps of its gas facilities. Six customers lost power that time.
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Southwest Gas didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com