Natural Gas Company Fined $50,000 By Maine Utilities Regulators

Mar 10, 2020

A natural gas company that serves more than 4,800 customers in Augusta and southern Maine has been fined $50,000 by state utility regulators and agreed to a number of specific steps to ensure compliance.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved a consent agreement Tuesday with Maine Natural Gas of Brunswick. PUC Chairman Phil Bartlett says the violations were related to quality control, assurances and testing.

“There were simply inadequate quality controls in place, a number of gaffes were identified by our gas safety staff,” he says.

Maine Natural Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avangrid, the parent company of Central Maine Power.

Bartlett calls the $50,000 penalty significant and commensurate with potential safety violations that occurred over a number of years. He says the commission wanted to a send the appropriate message that the problems had to be fixed.