State Blames Clounty for Potentially Explosive Gas Leak

LAS VEGAS (AP) - State regulators say a natural gas leak could
have exploded beneath a Las Vegas neighborhood last month, and they
allege Clark County would have been to blame.

The Public Utilities Commission is seeking a public hearing to
decide whether to fine the county up to $100,000 for the
potentially disastrous leak.

An affidavit filed by a gas pipeline engineer alleges that the
county failed to properly mark storm drains and underground
pipelines before beginning construction work under Eastern Avenue
near Tropicana Avenue. Workers struck the pipeline and natural gas
leaked into a storm drain.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Christopher Figgins says the
county has not violated the law.

Information from: Las Vegas Sun,

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