• Massachusetts Nov 19, 2019

    Service Restored After Lawrence Gas Leak

    Service was restored Monday night after a gas leak prompted homes to be evacuated in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Crews worked through the constant rain after the leak around 12:30 p.m.

  • Massachusetts Sep 29, 2019

    Several Homes Still Without Gas in Lawrence Following Friday's Scare

    Following Friday’s gas leak, roughly 15 homes are yet to have service restored in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Columbia Gas announced Saturday night.

  • Massachusetts Sep 28, 2019

    Officials: Lawrence Residents Can Return Home

    Officials announced Saturday afternoon that everyone in Lawrence, Massachusetts, can now return to their homes after they were evacuated Friday morning due to a gas leak. About 30 addresses on South Broadway Street will have service restored by 3 p.m. Saturday, and the rest will be restored by 10 p.m., officials said at a press conference. All electric has been restored.

  • Massachusetts Sep 28, 2019

    ‘Like Deja Vu': Gas Leak, Evacuations Shake Lawrence Residents

    The gas leak that forced hundreds of people from their homes Friday in Lawrence, Massachusetts, brought back painful memories for a city still scarred by last year’s gas explosions. Brandon Difo returned home to his Lawrence house Friday night. The tired dad is one of hundreds of people evacuated around 4 a.m. after yet another gas main leak.

  • Massachusetts Sep 24, 2019

    Feds Recommend New Requirements After Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions

    Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September’s natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that gas utilities should be required to install gas additional safeguards to pipeline systems similar to the one involved in the Sept. 13, 2018, disaster.

  • Massachusetts Sep 14, 2019

    Merrimack Valley Marks 1 Year Since Disastrous Gas Explosions

    Communities in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts on Friday marked the first anniversary of the gas explosions that killed teenager Leonel Rondon, set more than 100 homes on fire and displaced some 8,000 people in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. A memorial mass was held for the victims and first responders in Lawrence and an area of the city was...

  • Massachusetts Sep 13, 2019

    The ‘Heartbreaking' Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions, 1 Year Later

    One year ago Friday, Ismael Rivera’s wife heard a clicking sound coming from their stove. She called him, and he called 911. “I screamed at them to get out of the house,” he remembered. Minutes later, they watched from across the street as their home on Salem Street burned.

  • Massachusetts Jun 11, 2019

    Officials Suspend Gas Service in Franklin, Massachusetts

    Problems encountered during construction by Columbia Gas has led to gas service being suspended in a neighborhood in Franklin, Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts Jun 11, 2019

    Officials Suspend Gas Service in Franklin, Massachusetts

    Problems encountered during construction by Columbia Gas has led to gas service being suspended in a neighborhood in Franklin, Massachusetts.

  • BOSTON Mar 10, 2019

    Columbia Gas Holds Town Hall Meetings Across Merrimack Valley

    Columbia Gas held a series of town halls across the Merrimack Valley on Saturday, taking and answering questions from frustrated customers. About 50 people gathered at Lawrence High School to hear from company executives. Several people, many of them small business owners, asked about a $10 million fund set aside for businesses and other people who need help. They said...

  • MAYOR Mar 7, 2019

    Shop Owners Frustrated With Merrimack Valley Natural Gas Disaster Response

    More than six months after natural gas explosions rocked Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley, small business owners in the region say they’re still reeling. Convenience store, grocery and salon owners complained at a forum in Lawrence on Wednesday that the compensation they’ve received from Columbia Gas, the utility company to blame for the Sept. 13 disaster, doesn’t come close to covering their...

  • Massachusetts Jan 29, 2019

    Merrimack Valley Gas Company Announces No-Cost Repair Plan

    The gas company at the center of last September’s Merrimack Valley natural gas disaster has announced a no-cost appliance repair plan for affected customers. Columbia Gas released details Monday of a plan that covers all repairs to and installations of natural gas appliances and equipment, internal gas piping, and related labor that customers were provided as a result of multiple...

  • Massachusetts Jan 15, 2019

    Massachusetts Lawmakers Ask Utility to Halt Rate Hike After Gas Explosions

    Members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation are criticizing Columbia Gas for a rate hike on Merrimack Valley customers affected by September’s natural gas explosions. U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren joined Reps. Seth Moulton and Lori Trahan asked the utility company Tuesday to cancel a seasonal rate increase. They also called on the company to halt efforts to collect retroactive...

  • BOSTON Dec 17, 2018

    Columbia Gas Misses Second Restoration Deadline

    On Nov. 19, Columbia Gas missed its first self-imposed deadline to restore gas service to about 8,000 customers. Then, on Sunday, the company missed its second self-imposed deadline. The utility, which confirmed that more than 100 customers are still offline, said its crews have restored gas services to 98 percent of affected customers, noting that the remaining two percent are...

  • Massachusetts Dec 6, 2018

    Lockout and Gas Work Moratorium Hold Up New Businesses

    A lockout and moratorium has business owners across Massachusetts waiting for gas service and unable to open their doors. They said they understand the need to address the labor dispute and safety issues, but are concerned about the economic toll the delays are having on development. The backlog in service from National Grid is two-fold. First, a contract dispute has...

  • New England Dec 4, 2018

    ‘Not Ideal in Middle of New England Winter': Trailers to Be Removed From Merrimack Valley

    The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency plans to shutter six temporary trailer sites across the Merrimack Valley, a move that could force more than two dozen families to move into hotels or apartments. The six trailers sites in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, which opened shortly after the Sept. 13 gas explosions, will close over the next several weeks, according to...

  • Thanksgiving Nov 22, 2018

    Columbia Gas Provides Thanksgiving Meals to Gas Disaster Victims

    The utility behind September’s natural gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley is serving up Thanksgiving dinners to residents still without heat or hot water in their homes. Columbia Gas says the roughly 20,000 meals they’re providing Thursday will be served at temporary trailer parks set up in the affected communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover where some residents are...

  • Massachusetts Nov 22, 2018

    Merrimack Valley Residents Face Challenging Thanksgiving Without Gas Service

    Families in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts are facing a challenging Thanksgiving more than two months after natural gas explosions and fires leveled homes and left thousands without heat or hot water. More than 2,000 homes are still without gas service in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover after gas lines were overpressurized during an otherwise routine pipeline replacement project, triggering...

  • 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.

  • Merrimack Valley Nov 11, 2018

    Columbia Gas Holds Open Houses on Gas Explosion Recovery Efforts

    The natural gas company at the center of September’s gas explosions and fires north of Boston hosted a series of community meetings. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts held open house events Saturday in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover to answer questions about the gas restoration process and other related efforts, and those affected spoke up.

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