Complaint filed against Cascade Natural Gas over pipeline safety

State regulators say that Cascade Natural Gas Corporation is unable to provide required documentation for nearly 40 percent of its high-pressure pipelines in the state of Washington.

The Utilities and Transportation Commission filed a complaint against the company Tuesday. The commission’s pipeline safety staff has requested that the commission impose the maximum penalty of $4 million following allegations that the company failed to maintain records and documentation of the Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure for at least 116 pipeline segments.

A hearing before the three-member commission has not yet been scheduled, and the commission is not bound by the recommendation.

A spokesman for Cascade Natural Gas, based in Kennewick, said that the company takes “this complaint and the safety of our pipeline system seriously” and will continue to work with the commission staff.

Cascade Natural Gas serves almost 200,000 residential and business customers in 68 communities throughout the state, including Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden.