Pipeline replacement could take UGI four decades to complete

    The estimated timeline for UGI to replace its cast-iron pipelines is 40 years. UGI Vice President Robert Beard says that’s reasonable.

    The Pennsylvania public utility company told a Senate panel today last month’s deadly explosion in Allentown — part of UGI’s network — could speed the process up a bit, the Associated Press reports.

    It was a cracked piece of cast-iron pipe that caused the explosion, which killed five people. Beard told the panel that particular pipe had not been a candidate for accelerated replacement.

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