September 3, 2012 |
A proposed new safety rule requiring Pennsylvania utilities to move some residential gas meters from basements to exterior walls has triggered anxiety among preservationists, who fear a proliferation of unsightly devices on urban streets. Scores of commentators representing historical societies, neighborhood associations, and preservation commissions have submitted objections to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission, the state's advisory panel on new regulations, on Aug. 15 found so many faults with the PUC's proposal that it suggested the agency withdraw the plan.
April 7, 1989 |
A pickup jumped the curb of the parking lot at the Berlin Farmers Market yesterday and rolled more than 300 feet down the sidewalk, severing two natural gas meters from the outside wall of the mall, Berlin Borough police said. Lt. Robert Kernan said that no one was injured, but that more than 500 merchants and customers were evacuated from the 123 stores shortly after the 10:53 a.m. accident. He said the truck went out of control after its driver, Anthony Fanelli, 73, of the 100 block of Lester Avenue in West Berlin, went into diabetic shock.
June 22, 1988 |
The Philadelphia-based Consumers Education and Protective Association (CEPA) plans to launch a statewide campaign against the use of telephone lines to read gas meters. CEPA educational director Max Weiner said yesterday that the group would mount a petition drive to persuade members of the General Assembly to pass legislation prohibiting utilities from using phone lines for meter reading. The organization, Weiner said, is reacting to an earlier decision by the state Public Utility Commission to allow use of phone lines for meter reading.
September 16, 1999 |
In response to the car accident and natural-gas explosion last month that destroyed three townhouses and damaged two more, Peco Energy Co. says it will install steel bumpers over some gas meters in front yards. The placement of the meters came under fire after a car driven by Todd Herman, who suffered a seizure, veered off the road on Aug. 4, smashed a gas meter affixed to a garage and sparked the blast. Herman, 35, is a resident of the Gwynedd Pointe development, After the explosion, Fire Marshal Ray Sieger criticized the utility company, saying he had warned Peco of the possible hazard when the meters were installed.
August 15, 2012
By Thomas Hylton After decades of hard times, Philadelphia is rebounding. Millions of dollars have been invested in building rehabilitation, new construction, trees, and bike lanes. In the last decade, Center City and surrounding neighborhoods have gained 16,000 residents ages 25 to 34, most of them college-educated. With all this progress, it would be a travesty to allow a new form of urban blight to invade nearly every Philadelphia neighborhood: ugly meters and pipes placed in front of homes with gas service.
August 6, 1999 |
The Wednesday afternoon fire that destroyed three townhouses and damaged two others in the Gwynedd Pointe development after a car collided with a gas and electric meter has sparked an investigation by Peco Energy Co. and some worry. Yesterday, Peco officials said they would look into the cause of the blaze and try to determine whether similar incidents could be prevented. After a meeting between utility and township representatives, Peco spokesman Mike Wood said the investigation also would examine the original construction of the meters and what safety measures were promised to the township.
May 8, 1986 |
The gas-meter reader, a familiar figure in Philadelphia neighborhoods for generations, may be headed for the same fate as the Bond bread man or the Abbott's milkman. Philadelphia Gas Works hopes to begin to install microprocessors on the meters of its residential customers this year. The microprocessors will enable PGW's main computer to read the meters through the telephone lines. If all goes according to plan, virtually all Philadelphia residences will be equipped with the devices by the end of 10 years.
July 3, 1987 |
To the Philadelphia Gas Works, it's just a question of using technology to provide better service. But to 300 angry consumers who jammed City Council chambers yesterday, that technology sounds like an Orwellian Big Brother scheme. The issue is PGW's plan to read gas meters automatically by connecting the meters to a customer's phone line, then reading the meter by calling the customer's phone number. City Council, in approving PGW's five-year capital budget last month, also quietly approved the first $5 million of an estimated $63 million it will cost the company to install the automatic meter-reading equipment.
July 16, 2003 |
Public Service Electric & Gas has been accused in court papers of continuing to install residential gas lines near driveways, even though the company recognized years ago that doing so creates a potential hazard. "They have a standard dating back to 1986 that forbids it, and they have violated that standard," said Stephen DeNittis, one of the attorneys in a class-action suit that seeks a court order for PSE&G to move above-ground residential gas lines. The case stems from a February explosion that occurred after a Mount Laurel homeowner pulled into her icy driveway and slid into the gas supply line that was a few feet to the side of the garage door.
July 3, 1987 |
To the Philadelphia Gas Works, it's just a question of using technology to provide better service. But to 300 angry consumers who jammed City Council chambers yesterday, that technology sounds more like an Orwellian Big Brother scheme. The issue is PGW's plan to read gas meters automatically by connecting the meters to a customer's phone line, then reading the meter by calling the customer's phone number. City Council, in approving PGW's five-year capital budget last month, also quietly approved the first $5 million of an estimated $63 million it will cost the company to install the automatic meter-reading equipment.