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Updated: Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012, 12:23 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012, 11:37 AM EDT
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - Vectren Corp. has agreed to pay $75,000 in penalties and take other steps in response to a natural gas explosion that destroyed a southern Indiana home and injured five people.
A settlement filed in August with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission also requires Vectren to modify its procedures because of the Nov. 8, 2011, explosion in New Albany.
The News & Tribune reports that Vectren conceded in the settlement that a utility subsidiary failed to follow proper procedures for gas leaks before last year's explosion.
Commission documents show workers didn't notify authorities until more than an hour they struck a pipeline. By that time, the explosion had occurred.
The homeowners still can file legal action under the settlement.
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