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$56M Gas Explosions Settlement with Massachusetts Approved

A $56 million settlement between Massachusetts and the natural gas utility found responsible for a series of explosions and fires in the state in 2018 was approved by the state Department of Public Utilities. The settlement with Columbia Gas of …

Utility to Pay $56 Million to Resolve Deadly Massachusetts Gas Blasts Probe

NiSource Inc. will pay $56 million to resolve a probe into Massachusetts gas explosions in 2018 linked to a utility it owns that killed one person and destroyed multiple buildings, the state’s attorney general said last Thursday. Massachusetts Attorney General …

NiSource’s Columbia Gas to Pay $53M, Plead Guilty for Massachusetts Gas Explosions

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has agreed to accept responsibility for the gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018, in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover that killed one individual, injured 22, and damaged homes and businesses. According to the terms of a …

Deadline to File Claim in Massachusetts Natural Gas Disaster Approaching

Officials are reminding Merrimack Valley residents that Friday is the deadline to file a claim in the $143 million class action settlement stemming from 2018’s natural gas explosions and fires. Lawyers encourage anyone impacted to file a claim, even if …

Deadline to Make Gas Explosion Claim in Massachusetts Extended to January 31

The deadline for residents and businesses to file a claim for a portion of the $143 million legal settlement related to the September 2018 natural gas explosions in Massachusetts has been extended to the end of the month by a …

Massachusetts Launches Investigation into Natural Gas Disaster

Massachusetts officials are opening their own investigation into last September’s Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster. More than 100 structures were damaged in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover in the Sept. 13, 2018, fires and explosions. One person died and dozens …

Lawrence Mayor, Lawmakers Object to $143M Gas Explosions Settlement

Elected leaders in Massachusetts are demanding revisions to a plan to divide up a $143 million class action settlement from last September’s natural gas disaster. Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera and four state lawmakers have proposed a new payout plan that …

Massachusetts Officials Order Additional Safety Measures After Gas Leak

Massachusetts officials say the utility company blamed for last year’s destructive gas explosions faces millions of dollars in fines if it fails to complete additional safety measures following a major gas leak that prompted evacuations last week. The state Department …

Officials Say Road Paving Prep Led to Latest Lawrence Gas Leak

Officials say preparations for a road paving project triggered a gas leak that caused hundreds of residents of a Massachusetts city still reeling from last year’s destructive gas explosions to be temporarily evacuated. The state Department of Public Utilities, utility …

Suspected Gas Explosion in Pennsylvania Reduces Home to Rubble; Five Injured

An explosion believed to have been caused by a gas leak reduced a western Pennsylvania home to a pile of rubble and injured five people. The blast just before 4 p.m. Wednesday near a high school in North Franklin Township …