Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities News

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 …

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 …

Massachusetts Bill Aims to Strengthen Natural Gas Pipeline Safety

Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation unveiled a bill Monday aimed at strengthening pipeline safety in the U.S. in response to September’s natural gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley. Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Lori Trahan say the …

Massachusetts Regulators Probe Uber Pricing During Storm

Massachusetts regulators are investigating whether ride-hailing company Uber violated state law by increasing prices during a powerful storm in March. The Boston Herald reports that the Department of Public Utilities, which oversees ride-hailing apps, sent Uber a letter last month …

Insurance Groups Criticize Massachusetts Rideshare Regulations

Insurance industry associations say Massachusetts’ newly developed rideshare regulations are vague and woefully deficient in addressing the insurance concerns. The regulations, crafted by Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), were published in the Massachusetts Register on Jan. 16, according to the …