Residents of Fishers neighborhood frustrated after another gas line cut

Fishers police and fire departments respond to a gas line cut Thursday, August 8, 2019. (Photo: WTHR/Mike Spears)
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FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) - For the second year in a row, a subdivision in Fishers has experienced a gas leak and it involves the same company as before.

It could translate into a large fine for that company, but residents aren't sure that's enough.

Dave O'Grady likes to walk his Windemere subdivision neighborhood in Fishers.

But this is not a social walk.

"I am flabbergasted," O'Grady said. "I don't see how they are back in the neighborhood. Just parked their truck, got the Ditch Witch, which they got all set up and went to the kitchen and a couple minutes later, saw a police car parked sideways in the street."

MetroNet, a fiber and internet company, cut into a gas line Thursday evening. It has neighbors like O'Grady, who were told not to start their cars or open their garage doors, very upset. After all, MetroNet caused the very same problem in the same neighborhood last year.

"This is my neighborhood, this is home," said neighbor John Weingardt. He's a member of the Fishers city council.

"It's easy to look at the person who cut the line, but is it marked incorrectly or did MetroNet make a mistake? That is what we are trying to determine," he said.

Senator Jim Merritt, who chairs the Utilities Committee at the Statehouse, says he will be asking the IURC to consider fining the company.

"This is wrong, dangerous and they know better. Most utilities make mistakes but MetroNet has just tapped out this time," Merritt said.

Now, residents are waiting to see who is responsible.

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