El Paso Natural Gas Agrees to Pipeline Monitoring after Deadly Explosion

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - El Paso Natural Gas Company will monitor and fix corrosion in its pipeline system in a settlement over a deadly 2000 explosion.

The pipeline blast killed 12 members of an extended family camping near Carlsbad, New Mexico.

A spokesman for Houston-based El Paso Corporation says El Paso Natural Gas already has spent more than $225 million on pipeline integrity.

Richard Wheatley says the company will spend more under the decree.

The work must be completed by the end of 2010.

The public has 30 days to comment. The settlement faces court approval.

The deal also requires the company to spend at least $86 million on modifications of its pipeline system and to pay a $15.5 million fine.

The feds say the agreement covers the company's entire 10,000-mile pipeline system.