Atmos Agrees to Replace 100,000 Steel Gas Lines with Plastic

Atmos wants to replace steel with plastic

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    A proposed settlement means Atmos Energy Corp. would replace about 100,000 steel lines that provide natural gas to customers in parts of north Texas.

    Atmos spokesman Ray Granado on Tuesday told The Associated Press that the company is constantly replacing lines and the goal is to "further enhance public safety in the state."

    Atmos initially is expected to charge residential customers 15 cents a month to pay for replacing the steel lines, which can corrode and shift. The agreement would lead to installation of plastic natural gas delivery lines.

    The agreement announced Monday faces approval from affected cities, including Fort Worth, Plano, Richardson and Arlington. Lawyers for the cities helped negotiate the settlement.