Massachusetts

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Slammed with Three Years Probation, $53M Fine for ‘18 Natural Gas Explosions

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Slammed with Three Years Probation, $53M Fine for ‘18 Natural Gas Explosions

A series of natural gas explosions in September 2018 that rocked three communities north of Boston, killing one man and injuring 22, has resulted in an expected criminal fine of $53 million and three years of probation for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA). The NiSource Inc. subsidiary already had agreed in February to plead guilty…

June 24, 2020
Massachusetts AG Calls for Potentially Phasing Out Natural Gas Use by Utilities

Massachusetts AG Calls for Potentially Phasing Out Natural Gas Use by Utilities

Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey on Thursday asked the state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to open an investigation into phasing out natural gas amid the transition toward alternative fuels by 2050.

June 8, 2020

NGI 2020: Climate Advocates Placing Target on New Natural Gas Service on West, East Coasts

Editor’s Note: This is one of a 14-piece series NGI undertook as the energy industry readied for the new year, with Lower 48 natural gas and oil supply continuing to surge in an uncertain environment as liquefied natural gas exports ramp up, Mexico markets remain shrouded and stakeholders demand more value. Get your complimentary copy of NGI’s 2020 Special Report today.

December 19, 2019

Massachusetts Rules Set Timetable for LDCs to Fix Major Natural Gas Leaks

New regulations in Massachusetts, which received input from several local distribution companies (LDC), would require the utilities to repair some of the most severe underground pipeline leaks within two or three years.

April 3, 2019

Massachusetts Cleared by Supreme Court to Probe ExxonMobil Records

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by ExxonMobil Corp. to block the release of internal documents, clearing the way for Massachusetts to investigate whether investors were misled about the role fossil fuels may play in climate change.

January 8, 2019

Massachusetts Governor Wants Natural Gas Work Better Scrutinized After Merrimack Valley Tragedy

Massachusetts officials on Tuesday moved to require all natural gas work that could pose a material risk to public safety be reviewed and approved by a certified professional engineer.

November 26, 2018

Federal Probe Underway into Massachusetts Natural Gas Incident, Says NiSource

NiSource Inc. disclosed that a federal investigation is underway into the natural gas pipeline explosions in September that rocked neighborhoods in the Greater Lawrence area of Massachusetts, killing one man.

November 2, 2018

Merrimack Valley Gas Pipeline Contractors Lacked Necessary Replacement Info, Says NTSB

A series of natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three Massachusetts communities in September killing one man and damaging 131 structures may have been caused by gaps in construction work orders for the old system that were prepared by NiSource Inc. subsidiary Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

October 12, 2018

Massachusetts Orders National Grid to Halt Nonessential Work Following Natural Gas Incident

Massachusetts regulators on Monday ordered National Grid plc to halt all nonessential work in the state after excess natural gas was “inadvertently” introduced into pipelines, raising concerns of a repeat of last month’s Merrimack Valley explosions.

October 9, 2018

Natural Gas Line Replacement Begins in Massachusetts Towns Affected by Explosions

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is aiming to have natural gas service restored to all residential and commercial customers by Nov. 19 and has begun the “massive replacement program” of the utility’s distribution system following a series of explosions on Sept. 13 in Merrimack Valley near Boston.

September 24, 2018
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