Columbia Gas News

Costs of Massachusetts Gas Explosions Continue to Soar

The utility blamed for the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts last September now says the potential financial costs of the disaster have jumped to more than $1.6 billion, and could go higher. The Boston Globe reports that NiSource Inc., the …

Utility Settles with Family Hurt in Massachusetts Natural Gas Explosions

The utility company blamed for September’s natural gas explosions in Massachusetts has settled a negligence lawsuit from a family injured in the disaster. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and the Figueroa family didn’t disclose the settlement amount Tuesday but say it …

Massachusetts Shop Owners Frustrated with Natural Gas Disaster Response

More than six months after natural gas explosions rocked Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley, small business owners in the region say they’re still reeling. Convenience store, grocery and salon owners complained at a forum in Lawrence, Mass., on March 6 that the …

Gas Company to Replace Heating Equipment Damaged in Massachusetts Disaster

The natural gas company blamed for a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley says it’ll resume replacing damaged heating equipment for property owners this spring. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts said furnaces, boilers and hot water heaters repaired …

Natural Gas Service Mostly Back for Hundreds in Pennsylvania

Officials say service has mostly been restored to hundreds of Pennsylvania utility customers who had their natural gas service temporarily shut off. Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania shut off service Saturday to about 1,700 customers in Washington County. That came after …

Columbia Gas Halts Service to About 1,700 in Pennsylvania

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania says it’s in the process of shutting off service to about 1,700 customers in Washington County. The utility company said Saturday that the decision to suspend service has been made “out of an abundance of caution.” …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Grill Natural Gas Execs After September Explosions

Natural gas companies in Massachusetts are compromising safety by increasingly turning to outside contractors for pipeline work while cutting back on staff that would oversee these projects, state lawmakers said Tuesday at a hearing following September’s natural gas explosions in …

U.S. Senate Committee Holding Hearing on Massachusetts Natural Gas Incident

U.S. senators are holding a hearing in Lawrence, Mass., to review the response to the September natural gas explosions that rocked Merrimack Valley communities. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold its oversight hearing at the South …

Thousands of Homes Still Lack Gas Service After Massachusetts Blasts

The company at the center of the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September says it has restored gas service to about 60 percent of affected homes, but nearly 1,760 families remain in temporary housing. The Sept. 13 blasts in …

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 …