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Bill Would Require Engineer to Review Natural Gas Projects

Gov. Charlie Baker filed a bill in response to a recommendation from the NTSB which is investigating the Merrimack Valley gas explosions

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    Bill Would Require Engineer to Review Natural Gas Projects

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is asking state lawmakers to require natural gas projects be reviewed by a certified professional engineer.

    Baker, a Republican, said the bill filed Tuesday is in response to a recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three Merrimack Valley communities in September.

    The board said in a report last week that a licensed engineer could have potentially spotted critical oversights and prevented the Sept. 13 disaster. Most states, including Massachusetts, exempt public utilities from such requirements.

    Baker also announced Tuesday $10 million in additional funding from utility company Columbia Gas to support business recovery efforts.

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    The incident killed one person, injured about 25 others and damaged or destroyed more than a hundred buildings.


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