Philadelphia Gas Works urged to replace aging pipelines

April 21, 2015 2:33 PM

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Philadelphia Gas Works could borrow money or aggressively raise service rates to whittle down the 65-year timeline the city-owned utility is on to replace 2,000 miles of gas pipeline deemed to be risky, state regulators said in a report released Tuesday.

Those suggestions were among seven given by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in an assessment that the agency said was necessary because a large portion — two-thirds — of PGW's pipeline infrastructure is cast iron or unprotected steel, high-risk pipelines that it said could be dangerous.

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