New gas leak detection guidelines would increase monitoring during winter months

    New gas leak detection guidelines adopted by Pennsylvania utility authorities will increase monitoring for a leak during the winter months.

    The Allentown Morning Call reports the Public Utility Commission adopted the guidelines last week. The new guidelines are aimed to improve pipeline safety and prevent explosions.

    The new standards, however, are not as strict or costly as the previous ones issued in November, according to The Morning Call, which were objected by gas utilities.

    A PUC spokeswoman tells The Morning Call the company specific cold-weather requirements will improve safety measures without overburdening customers.

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