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November 27, 2013

Vectren plans replacing 1,000 miles of Indiana pipes

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Vectren Corp. is planning to replace more than 1,000 miles of aging, underground natural gas lines across much of Indiana in a project costing some $865 million.

The company says the project is aimed at improving safety by removing bare steel and cast iron distribution mains and installing new pipes, most of which will be plastic.

Vectren chairman Carl Chapman tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the pipelines it now has meet current safety rules, but the upgrades are needed to meet stricter federal regulations that are coming.

Chapman tells The Indianapolis Star some pipes being replaced are 60 to 70 years old.

If state regulators approve the plan, Vectren estimates residential customers will see about a $1 increase in their monthly gas bills starting in 2015.

 

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