• Columbia Sep 28, 2019

    Cause of Lawrence Gas Leak Identified After Hundreds Evacuated

    The major gas leak that caused evacuations in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Friday was started when city contractors checking water valves “inadvertently closed a gas valve” officials said Friday evening. The leak caused hundreds of people to be evacuated from their homes and two schools early in the morning, just over one year after the area was rocked by gas explosions...

  • Massachusetts Nov 17, 2018

    Thousands of Homes Still Without Gas Service After Blasts in Merrimack Valley

    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 families remain in temporary housing. The Sept. 13 blasts in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover destroyed or damaged more than 130 structures, injured dozens and left at least one person dead.

  • Massachusetts Oct 13, 2018

    Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Orders Moratorium on All Columbia Gas Work

    The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has ordered Columbia Gas to impose a moratorium on all work other than emergency and compliance work across its entire territory at least until Dec. 1. The move comes one day after the National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary report on the Sept. 13 gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts Oct 12, 2018

    NTSB: Overpressurized Gas Lines Caused Deadly Merrimack Valley Blasts

    The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report on the Sept. 13 gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. The report confirms that overpressurized natural gas lines were the source of the deadly explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, and details the chain of events that led to the disaster, which killed one...

  • Governor Oct 1, 2018

    Deadly Gas Explosions in 3 Mass. Towns Leave 1 Dead: ‘It Looked Like Armageddon'

    A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” ignited dozens of fires across three communities north of Boston, killed at least one person and forced entire neighborhoods in the Merrimack Valley to evacuate Thursday. Authorities said Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car. He was rushed to...

  • Columbia Sep 25, 2018

    Gov. Baker Declares State of Emergency in Merrimack Valley, Removes Columbia Gas Oversight

    Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he is declaring a State of Emergency for the Merrimack Valley due to his dissatisfaction with the way Columbia Gas has handled a series of natural gas explosions that killed a teenager, injured 25 others and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins.

  • Columbus Sep 25, 2018

    Investigator: No Evidence Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions Were Intentional

    There’s no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday. As federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday’s disaster, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that there doesn’t appeal to be “anything nefarious, anything suspicious, anything intentional.” He said investigators will be working to develop a timeline...

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