The Nutter administration sent legislation to City Council on Thursday to approve the $1.9 billion sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works to a Connecticut energy company.
No Council member introduced the legislation. Although Council President Darrell L. Clarke and other members have expressed misgivings about the sale, administration officials said they were not concerned that the lack of a Council sponsor was an attempt to impede the sale of the 176-year-old utility.
The deal faces a long approval process before Council and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Council is paying a Boston-area consultant firm $425,000 to examine the sale and possible alternatives.