| Jan 24, 2012
| 6:24 PM
The following are the remarks of President Barack Obama, as prepared for delivery.
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of...
| Feb 11, 2011
A thundering explosion demolished a center city Allentown home Wednesday night and set three neighboring houses ablaze, injuring several residents and forcing the evacuation of two city blocks and the Gross Towers senior living complex.
"I thought I...
| Mar 27, 2011
Pennsylvania is laced with 11,000 miles of aging gas pipelines like the one implicated in the deadly Feb. 9 explosion in Allentown because legislators, regulators and gas companies haven't agreed on how to accelerate pipeline replacement -- a reform...
| Feb 13, 2011
Tears streamed down Jane Brinker's face Thursday morning as she watched news coverage of the explosion that killed five people and affected many others in center city Allentown the night before.
It was a scene all too familiar for Brinker, a blast...
| Feb 13, 2011
Investigators Saturday night zeroed in on an "imperfection" in a UGI pipe in Allentown near where an apparent natural gas explosion Wednesday claimed five lives.
Fire Chief Robert Scheirer stopped short of describing the abnormality on Allen Street at N....
| Mar 16, 2011
UGI officials told a state Senate panel in Allentown on Tuesday that the utility is satisfied with its 40-year timeline to replace cast-iron pipelines, some of which are a century old.
A 12-inch cast-iron distribution line dating to 1928 is the prime...
| Mar 8, 2011
From congressmen to gas company officials to safety advocates, nearly everyone at a congressional roundtable on gas pipeline safety Monday agreed on one thing: Old cast-iron gas pipelines, like the one suspected in the deadly Feb. 9 Allentown gas...
| Apr 2, 2011
When U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visits Allentown on Monday he will announce plans to streamline oversight of pipelines and improve communication among federal, state and local governments and private companies.
LaHood invited CEOs of...
| Apr 16, 2011
UGI Utilities will double its spending to replace cast iron gas pipeline this year, following criticism that the company has been too slow in getting the aging, leaking lines out of the ground.
The natural gas utility intends to replace six miles of cast...
| Nov 11, 2011
Noting the Feb. 9 natural gas explosion that killed five Allentown residents, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday proposed requiring gas utilities to file plans outlining how much aging underground pipelines leak and when the...
| Nov 29, 2011
| 7:41 AM
Fire officials responding to reports of a possible gas leak Monday night in East Baltimore said they found what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab, but later determined that it was a large marijuana growing operation.
Hazmat team members were called to...