BEFORE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI
In the Matter of Missouri Gas Energy, a Division of )
Southern Union Company, Concerning a Natural ) File No. GS-2013-0400
Gas Incident at 910 West 48th Street in Kansas City, )
Issue Date: February 19, 2014
The Commission opened this file in February 2013 as a repository for Staff’s investigation into the February 19, 2013, natural gas explosion at JJ’s Restaurant at the Plaza in Kansas City. Staff completed its investigation and filed an extensive report on February 6, 2014. On the same day, Staff filed a complaint against Missouri Gas Energy (MGE), alleging that the company failed to follow proper procedures in its response to the gas leak that led to the explosion. Staff’s complaint - GC-2014-0216 - asks for authority to seek penalties against the company in circuit court and also asks the Commission to order MGE to take steps to ensure it follows proper procedures in future leak situations.
The report Staff filed in this case offers several recommendations to MGE, but the recommendations in the report are same as the steps Staff is asking the Commission to order MGE to take in Count II of its complaint. Since Staff’s recommendations will be addressed in the complaint case, this investigative file will be closed so as to avoid any confusion with the ongoing complaint case.
BY THE COMMISSION
Morris L. Woodruff
on this 19th day of February, 2014.
Woodruff, Chief Regulatory Law Judge