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Deal Reached in Truman Parkway Gas Line Ruptures

Georgia State Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols says a settlement agreement has been reached with Atlanta Gas Light Company after construction crews pierced gas lines twice in one week in March of 2012—bringing construction to a halt on the Truman Parkway.  The PSC began an investigation afterwards that has taken nearly a year.

 Echols says AGL has agreed to add a "Damage Prevention Specialist" who will help oversee projects in southeast Georgia.  "It's good to have another set of eyes and ears, so that extra person will help prevent things like this from happening in the future," Echols said.

Traffic on White Bluff road had to be rerouted twice in March of 2012 and some apartments evacuated as a precaution after crews hit those gas lines.  The contractor reportedly told Chatham County officials that the gas lines were not marked by Georgia 811, the service that marks utility lines.

AGL would also be required to pay 50,000 dollars as part of the settlement which Echols wants to be used to help people with low incomes and military families that need help with their utility bills.  Echols says the Commission will vote on the settlement next Tuesday.

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