Massachusetts gas explosions News

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 …

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 …

NiSource Settles Massachusetts Gas Explosion Lawsuits for $143M

Utility operator NiSource Inc on Monday said it will pay $143 million to resolve class action lawsuits brought by residents and businesses that suffered losses caused by a series of gas explosions in three Massachusetts communities last year. NiSource and …

Family of Massachusetts Youth Killed in Blast Settles Suit Against Company

The family of a teenager killed during a 2018 gas explosion that injured a dozen others and destroyed scores of homes in three Boston suburbs settled its lawsuit against Columbia Gas of Massachusetts on Tuesday. Leonel Rondon died when his …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.” …

Aging Infrastructure Poses Risks for Communities Relying on Natural Gas

The kind of dramatic scenes that played out in suburban Massachusetts last month following a series of explosions and fires may serve as a warning of what lies ahead for the U.S., where an increasing reliance on natural gas is …

After Blasts, Massachusetts Orders Natural Gas Safety Review

Massachusetts regulators are calling for an outside review of the state’s natural gas distribution system in the wake of gas explosions and fires that affected three communities earlier this month. The Department of Public Utilities said Wednesday it would name …