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Columbia Gas Costs For Mass. Explosions Top $1 Billion

Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource expect to pay about $1.3 billion for damages related to a series of natural gas explosions that destroyed parts of three Massachusetts towns in September. The company said that those costs don’t include expenses related to restoration efforts, such as replacing pipeline and modernizing its infrastructure to prevent a similar event from happening in the future. According to the Associated Press, the NiSource’s latest financial reports show the company allocated $757 million to third-party claims filed against the utility, including property damage. The utility incurred an additional $266 million for other expenses related ... Read More

Columbia Gas Could Face Criminal Charges For Massachusetts Explosions

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent company NiSource are under a criminal investigation over the natural gas explosions that triggered a series of explosions and fires across three communities Sept. 13, killing one person and injuring about two dozen others. NiSource disclosed the criminal investigation in regulatory filings, saying a federal grand jury served it and Columbia Gas subpoenas on Sept. 24, Reuters reported. The utility companies say they are cooperating with the ongoing probe, which the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts is conducting. The grand jury is looking for evidence that Columbia Gas acted with neglect or other misconduct ... Read More

Family Plans To Sue Columbia Gas Over Teen’s Gas Explosion Death

The family of an 18-year-old student who was killed in the Columbia Gas explosions that rocked three Massachusetts towns in September plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the utility company. Leonel Rondon, a high school junior from Lawrence, Massachusetts, was sitting in his SUV with three other friends when the Columbia Gas explosions occurred, toppling the brick chimney of a friend’s house where Mr. Rondon’s car was parked. The heavy structure fatally injured Mr. Rondon, who had just gotten his driver’s license a few hours before the pipeline blasts erupted throughout the Merrimack Valley. He died in the ... Read More

NTSB: Columbia Gas’ Faulty Work Orders Led To Gas Pipeline Explosions

Faulty work orders Columbia Gas of Massachusetts issued to crews upgrading natural gas mains led to a series of explosions and fires that caused widespread property damages across three northern Massachusetts towns, killing one person and injuring 21 others, federal investigators found. In its preliminary report on the Sept. 13 gas explosions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that work crews were taking a century-old cast-iron gas main out of service and replacing it with a new plastic main. However, Columbia Gas failed to instruct workers to deactivate pressure sensors. The sensors, detecting low pressure in the pipes, automatically ... Read More