| Feb 14, 2011
| 10:53 AM
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A crack in a 12-inch gas main is the likely cause of an explosion that killed five people in Allentown last week, power utility officials said on Monday.
Discovery of the crack is a significant development and the power company has...
| 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...
| Apr 3, 2011
After the fires were out and the dead accounted for, state regulators tasked with determining the cause of the natural gas explosion that leveled an Allentown city block ordered UGI Utilities to dig up its own pipe and find out why it failed.
| 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 17, 2011
The massive emergency response to last week's deadly natural gas explosion in Allentown cost nearly $61,000, according to city figures released Wednesday, though the true financial toll of the blast may not be known for some time.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski said...
| Apr 1, 2011
The costs stemming from Allentown's deadly natural gas explosion has reached $200,000, a city spokesman said this week, though the true financial toll is estimated to be as much as double.
Clearing the debris of the two houses that blew up and...
| Apr 5, 2011
Standing yards away from Allentown's gas explosion ground zero, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Monday said he was working with pipeline owners, Congress and regulators to strengthen pipeline safety and make sure explosions like the one that...
| 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...
| Jun 12, 2011
UGI Utilities has settled the wrongful-death claims for two of the victims of the natural gas explosion in Allentown -- a confidential agreement that comes just four months after an accident that killed five and leveled a city block.
| 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...
| Dec 26, 2011
The state Public Utility Commission last week adopted new leak-detection guidelines that, while not as strict as requirements it proposed in November, would make monitoring more frequent during winter months.
The changes, customized for each utility, are...