NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations After Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley - NBC10 Boston

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations After Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air



    Bracing for Snow in Merrimack Valley

    The snow and cold are especially unwelcome in Merrimack Valley, where many still don't have heat after September's gas explosions.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018)

    Federal investigators reviewing the September natural gas explosions in Massachusetts want state officials to require public utilities to have a professional engineer approve system upgrade plans.

    The suggestion is among five initial recommendations by the National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday.

    The Sept. 13 incident killed one person, injured dozens of others and damaged more than 100 homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

    The NTSB suggests a licensed engineer could have spotted critical omissions in the planning of a pipeline replacement project in Lawrence that triggered the explosions.

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    NiSource, the parent company of utility Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, says it's reviewing the recommendations.

    Columbia Gas said earlier Thursday crews would work on Thanksgiving to continue restoring heat and hot water to thousands of affected residents.

    Get the latest from NBC Boston anywhere, anytime:


    Download our FREE app for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for our e-mail newsletters.