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Exclusive: Columbia Gas boss talks safety, trust and being a fix-it guy

When gas explosions tore through three Merrimack Valley communities on a Thursday afternoon in September, Mark Kempic was on a pipeline safety panel in Florida with fellow utility executives and..
bizjournals - Published

Massachusetts gas explosions cost utility more than $1B

BOSTON (AP) — The natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts last September have cost Columbia Gas more than $1 billion. NiSource, Columbia’s parent company, said in a financial report filed..
Seattle Times - Published

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Arson suspected in fire that destroyed home first impacted by gas explosions [Video]Arson suspected in fire that destroyed home first impacted by gas explosions

Fire investigators said arson is suspected after fire ravaged a vacant home that was first impacted by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

Credit: WCVB     Duration: 01:31Published

Fire Destroys Home Impacted By Merrimack Valley Explosions [Video]Fire Destroys Home Impacted By Merrimack Valley Explosions

A home that was impacted by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions last year caught on fire. WBZ-TV's Kristina Rex reports.

Credit: WBZ CBS Boston     Duration: 01:09Published

Fire ravages home impacted in Merrimack Valley gas explosions [Video]Fire ravages home impacted in Merrimack Valley gas explosions

5 Investigates found that this multi-family home caught fire during the gas line explosions in Lawrence in September.

Credit: WCVB     Duration: 01:10Published

Columbia Gas searching for cause of elevated pressure readings [Video]Columbia Gas searching for cause of elevated pressure readings

The utility company blamed for natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley last September responded to a possible over-pressurization of their lines in Monson Tuesday afternoon.

Credit: WCVB     Duration: 01:42Published

North Carolina Construction Blast Kills 1, Injures 15 [Video]North Carolina Construction Blast Kills 1, Injures 15

Reuters reports a gas explosion in Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday killed at least one person and injured at least 15 others. Victims were taken to hospitals in the area following the blast, which..

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Lawmakers push bill to strengthen natural gas pipeline safety [Video]Lawmakers push bill to strengthen natural gas pipeline safety

A bill aimed at strengthening pipeline safety in the U.S. is being pushed by members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation in response to September's natural gas explosions and fires.

Credit: WCVB     Duration: 02:01Published

Markey, Trahan Propose Pipeline Legislation After Merrimack Valley Explosions [Video]Markey, Trahan Propose Pipeline Legislation After Merrimack Valley Explosions

Rondon family attorney Doug Sheff said the family is honored the proposal is named after Leonel, the one person killed in the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.

Credit: WBZ CBS Boston     Duration: 02:06Published

Bills Aimed At Preventing Deadly Gas Explosions Go Before Texas Legislative Committee Monday [Video]Bills Aimed At Preventing Deadly Gas Explosions Go Before Texas Legislative Committee Monday

The explosion happened in State Representative Rafael Anchia's district. He's authored the three bills that will be heard in the Texas House Energy Resources Committee at 2:00 p.m.

Credit: CBS 11 Dallas     Duration: 01:46Published

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Gas line disaster afermaths linger [Video]Gas line disaster afermaths linger

It's been six months since the gas explosions rocked the Merrimack Valley.

Credit: WCVB     Duration: 01:49Published

6 months later, recovery in Merrimack Valley continues [Video]6 months later, recovery in Merrimack Valley continues

It's been six months since the gas explosions rocked the Merrimack Valley.

Credit: WCVB     Duration: 01:09Published

North Andover Couple Looks Forward To Rebuilt Home 5 Months After Gas Explosions [Video]North Andover Couple Looks Forward To Rebuilt Home 5 Months After Gas Explosions

Dean and Mona Thornhill are still counting the days since the Merrimack Valley gas explosions. WBZ-TV's Lisa Hughes reports.

Credit: WBZ CBS Boston     Duration: 02:08Published

 

Regulators consider breaking up utility over safety concerns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators said Friday they are considering splitting up Pacific Gas & Electric Co. or making other drastic changes amid concerns over the utility’s role in..
Seattle Times - Published

‘No second chances’: Politicians say Columbia Gas should end

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Congress members called for executives at the utility company to blame for September’s natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts to step down Monday as they held a..
Seattle Times - Published

Lawrence Gas Explosions Leaves Many With No Heat To Fair The Harsh Winter

Mayor Dan Rivera of Lawrence, Mass., talks about how his community is doing two months after deadly gas explosions tore through the region. With winter coming, many homes still have no heat.
NPR - Published

Over 1,500 in Massachusetts spending Thanksgiving without heat, hot water months after natural gas explosions

Months after natural gas explosions and fires level homes in the Boston suburbs and left thousands without heat or water, families throughout the region are still struggling for Thanksgiving.
FOXNews.com - Published

No heat, no stove: Gas explosions create Thanksgiving blues

Families in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts are facing a challenging Thanksgiving more than two months after natural...
Deseret News - Published Also reported by •Seattle Times

MA explosion victims face difficult Thanksgiving

The impact of a series of gas explosions that hit three Massachusetts towns in September is being felt more acutely this Thanksgiving as hundreds remain in temporary shelters on RV camps and hotel..
USATODAY.com - Published

Thousands of homes still without gas service after blasts

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — 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..
Seattle Times - Published

Federal Investigators Pinpoint What Caused String Of Gas Explosions In Mass.

The National Transportation Safety Board says a natural gas company engineer made a major mistake in developing construction plans, resulting in a disastrous chain reaction.
NPR - Published

Engineer Faulted In Gas Explosions

After a gas fire and explosions struck three towns in Massachusetts in September, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended changes in the way the state regulates public utility plans.
NPR - Published

Multiple breakdowns led to natural gas explosions in Merrimack Valley, NTSB says

Columbia Gas did not use a professional engineer to draw up plans to replace old cast-iron gas mains in the Merrimack Valley , the federal board said.
USATODAY.com - Published

A federal grand jury has opened a criminal investigation into the Massachusetts natural gas explosions, utility reports

Nisource, the parent company of Columbia gas, says a federal grand jury is investigating the Sept. 13 natural gas disaster.
USATODAY.com - Published

Feds open criminal probe into natural gas explosions

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have been conducting a criminal investigation into the natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three communities north of Boston in September...
Seattle Times - Published

NiSource discloses criminal probe of Massachusetts gas pipeline 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..
Reuters - Published

Columbia Gas parent company faces criminal probe over gas explosions

The parent company for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts disclosed Thursday that it is facing a criminal investigation related to the Merrimack Valley gas explosions in September. The investigation is..
bizjournals - Published

Pipeline peril: Natural gas explosions reveal silent danger lurking in old cast-iron pipes

Even before the Massachusetts blasts, fatal fires and explosions caused by gas leaks revealed a safety crisis beneath our streets.
USATODAY.com - Published

Natural gas explosions reveal danger below our feet

More than 2.2 million miles of pipelines run below our streets carrying natural gas into our homes and businesses. Much of that infrastructure is old, outdated, or damaged, and leaks or ruptures could..
USATODAY.com - Published

Thousands Still Without Heat In Massachusetts, More Than A Month After Gas Explosions

The gas company at fault in a series of explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities will miss its target date to restore all service. Thousands are still without heat more than a month..
NPR - Published

Columbia Gas pushes back deadline to restore service to those affected by explosions

This story was originally published on WBUR. State officials and Columbia Gas announced Friday they are pushing back the utility's original deadline to restore all heat and hot water to homes and..
bizjournals - Published

Lawyer: Family wants justice after gas explosions death

BOSTON (AP) — 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...
Seattle Times - Published

With Temperatures Dropping, Massachusetts Residents Still Lack Heats Weeks After Gas Fires

Following a series of major gas explosions, many residents are still without heat or hot water. As temperatures begin to drop, people are questioning when their homes will be warm again.
NPR - Published

Nearly 36 miles of pipeline replaced after gas explosions

BOSTON (AP) — The utility company involved in last month’s explosions and fires in Massachusetts says it has replaced nearly 36 miles of main pipeline in the area. Columbia Gas announced Sunday..
Seattle Times - Published

Deadly Massachusetts gas explosions linked to NiSource unit work orders


SeekingAlpha - Published

Massachusetts natural gas explosions: Feds say Columbia Gas issued faulty work orders

Federal investigators probing the natural gas explosions that rocked Massachusetts last month are blaming faulty work orders given from Columbia Gas.
USATODAY.com - Published

NTSB report outlines key error that led to natural gas explosions

A preliminary NTSB report into the Sept. 13 explosions and fires that left one man dead and damaged 131 structures said the incidents occurred "after high-pressure natural gas was released into a..
bizjournals - Published

Overpressurized lines caused deadly gas explosions, feds say

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Federal investigators are confirming overpressurized natural gas lines were the source of the deadly explosions and fires in communities north of Boston last month...
Seattle Times - Published

Senators: Utility “woefully” unprepared for gas explosions

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts’ two U.S. Senators say the natural gas company at the center of the explosions north of Boston last month was “woefully unprepared” for the unfolding..
Seattle Times - Published

15 buildings deemed uninhabitable after US gas explosions

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say at least 15 buildings in communities north of Boston that were damaged in gas explosions last month are uninhabitable. The Eagle-Tribune reports the Massachusetts..
Seattle Times - Published

After explosions rock Boston suburbs, authorities work to find cause

In what one official called an "Armageddon," a series of gas explosions ripped through three Boston suburbs late on Sept. 13 toppling dozens of homes. Local and state authorities quickly arrived on..
Christian Science Monitor - Published

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