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…
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.