Columbia Gas News

Massachusetts Lawmakers Set Hearings on Natural Gas Disaster

The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled two oversight hearings next month on issues stemming from the September natural gas explosions and fires in three communities. Senate leaders say the first hearing, planned for Dec. 4 in Boston, will examine the overall …

Criminal Investigation of NiSource Launched Over Massachusetts Gas Explosions

Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation of utility company NiSource Inc over gas explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities that killed one person and injured at least 21 others in September, the company disclosed on Thursday. Grand jury …

Pipeline Project at Center of Massachusetts Gas Explosions Complete

Pipeline upgrade work at the center of natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston last month has been completed. Columbia Gas announced Tuesday it had replaced about 44 miles of gas mains and more than 5,000 service lines across …

Utility Says Massachusetts Pipeline Replacement to be Completed This Week

The pipeline upgrade work that triggered natural gas explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities last month is slated to be finished this week ahead of schedule. Columbia Gas said in a newsletter to customers Monday that replacement of about …

Utility to Miss Deadline for Restoring Gas After Massachusetts Explosions

The utility involved in a series of natural gas explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities last month acknowledged Friday it would not meet its original Nov. 19 deadline for restoring gas service to all its customers. Columbia Gas set …

Lawyer Says Family Wants Justice After Massachusetts Gas Explosions Death

The family of a teen killed when a series of natural gas explosions and explosions rocked communities north of Boston plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the utility company. Attorney Doug Sheff told reporters Thursday Columbia Gas was …

Gas Blasts Near Boston Linked to NiSource Unit’s Work Orders

A series of explosions that rocked several towns north of Boston, Mass., last month has been linked to work orders given to a crew replacing aging natural gas pipes, according to federal safety investigators. Crews contracted by NiSource Inc.’s Columbia …

Massachusetts Senators Say Utility ‘Woefully’ Unprepared for Gas Explosions

The natural gas company at the center of the explosions north of Boston last month was “woefully unprepared” to prevent or respond to the unfolding disaster, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey said Friday after a review of internal company …

Utility Lays Out Plan Restoring Gas Service After Massachusetts Explosions

A natural gas company is releasing its plan for replacing aging pipelines and restoring service to thousands of homes and businesses affected by the natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston last month. Columbia Gas said Tuesday it’s deploying …

Gas Company Will Cover Losses from Deadly Massachusetts Explosions

Authorities say Columbia Gas has agreed to compensate its customers for all losses related to a series of gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley. Town officials in Andover announced Saturday that the utility company will pay claims related …