Merrimack Valley says $80m settlement in gas disaster is just the beginning of recovery
The payout will allow the three communities to repair roads and parks that were damaged during the Sept. 13 natural gas disaster and lengthy reconstruction work by the utility.
Financial toll of Lawrence gas disaster soars — and may keep rising
The utility responsible for the Sept. 13 Merrimack Valley gas disaster said Wednesday that the potential financial costs have jumped to more than $1.6 billion.
Utility is undecided about seeking a rate increase after Lawrence-area disaster
The chief executive of Columbia Gas’s parent company said it is first pursuing insurance reimbursements to recover costs that have topped $1.1 billion.
Columbia Gas crews return to Merrimack Valley
The replacement of appliances remains one of Columbia’s last hurdles in the restoration process before it can claim mission accomplished.
Incoming president of Columbia Gas pledges to fulfill promises
Mark Kempic met with residents and business owners in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts from the September gas explosions.
Moratorium on National Grid gas hookups lifted
The move could boost projects that have been stalled for months, but the state is imposing some restrictions on the utility.
CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS
Natural gas industry burns for more pipeline capacity in Mass.
With lawmakers raking the natural gas industry over the coals, this might seem like a strange time to seek support at the State House for expanded pipeline capacity.
Baker says gas restoration is ‘substantially completed’ in Merrimack Valley
Crews have restored gas to 98 percent of the approximately 8,000 targeted meters that were affected by the disaster in the Merrimack Valley.
Legislators signal support for gas oversight following Merrimack Valley disaster
State lawmakers appeared ready to back a requirement that professional engineers review gas-pipe projects.
Columbia Gas targeting last few hundred customers in Lawrence area still without service
The remaining customers had been trying to get their systems restored on their own instead of using contractors from Columbia Gas.
With more plumbers, could Lawrence have seen faster gas service?
A revised plan deploying hundreds more plumbers turned out to be highly effective. So some ask: Why wasn’t Plan B Plan A?
Sister of teen killed in gas explosions wants justice for her brother
Leonel Rondon died during the Merrimack Valley gas explosions after a chimney from a house that blew up toppled onto the vehicle he was sitting in.
Live video: Senate committee hearing on Merrimack Valley gas explosions
A US Senate committee holds a hearing in Lawrence on the Merrimack Valley gas explosions.
A Thanksgiving for 23,000 in the Merrimack Valley
Scores of people came together to make Thanksgiving a reality for the many families still struggling after gas fires and explosions in the region.
Lacking heat and a stove, Lawrence-area residents prepare for Thanksgiving
Hundreds of families affected by the gas outage in the Merrimack Valley are expected to join their neighbors at communal holiday dinners.
Baker proposes state law in response to Lawrence gas explosions
Governor Charlie Baker’s plan would mandate that a professional engineer approve any engineering plans for work that could pose a material risk to public safety.
Mass. should mandate federal safety board recommendations and end gas moratorium
The state needs to act on recommendations from the NTSB as well as end the moratoriums on new gas hookups.
US Senate committee to hold hearing in Lawrence on gas explosions
The hearing will be held next week at South Lawrence East Middle School.
Columbia Gas engineer’s failures at root of gas explosions, NTSB says
The engineer who prepared the work plans for replacing gas mains in the Lawrence area failed to account for a critical sensor in a line that was being replaced, the agency said.
Cold weather wins in race to restore gas service in Merrimack Valley
Reality has begun to settle in: Cold weather has won the race against the effort to restore gas service following the Sept. 13 natural gas disasters across Lawrence, North Andover and Andover.
Columbia Gas three weeks ahead of schedule replacing Merrimack Valley gas mains
The utility company replaced nearly 45 miles of pipeline across the Merrimack Valley that had been damaged in the disaster.
Merrimack Valley residents voice frustration with recovery effort
Hundreds of people attended an open house with officials to discuss the progress — and problems — of repairs from the September gas explosions.
Columbia Gas may not meet Nov. 19 deadline to restore service
Thousands of people have been without heat or hot water since explosions and fires rocked the Merrimack Valley, and the deadline to restore service may be pushed back.
In Merrimack Valley, all aspects of everyday lives are disrupted
A month has passed since the Sept. 13 natural gas disasters, and it could be at least a month before service to all customers is restored.
Merrimack Valley residents seek a warm place to sleep as they await heat restoration
Row after row of travel trailers were lined up Saturday on the mud and grass of public parks across three Merrimack Valley communities.
Gas restoration in Merrimack Valley ramps up this week
Close to 200 construction crews will hit the streets across Greater Lawrence by the end of the week in the ambitious effort to restore gas service to thousands of residents before cold weather arrives.
Opinion | Dan Rivera
Lawrence gets by with a lot of help from friends
In the aftermath of the Columbia Gas explosions, the mayor of Lawrence chronicles the community’s response.
In Lawrence, volunteers celebrate the return of hot meals
Outside, the day was cold and rainy, but inside the kitchen at Cor Unum Meal Center, the ovens felt like a warm hearth — thanks to four newly installed propane tanks.
Columbia Gas pulling workers from other states amid tight labor market
The gas company is facing a worker shortage in its bid to hire 1,300 people to assist in cleanup work in the Merrimack Valley.
Space heaters are unsafe for many homes hit by gas outages in Merrimack Valley
Inspectors going door-to-door in the Merrimack Valley have delivered just a handful of the thousands of space heaters being made available to residents.
Columbia Gas president pledges to reimburse customers’ costs
In his first extensive interview Steve Bryant explains the utility’s response to the disaster in the Merrimack Valley.
Retired Navy captain overseeing Merrimack Valley recovery lauded as a good fit for a complex task
Joe Albanese, founder of Commodore Builders and a retired Navy captain, was named chief recovery officer following the gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.
Lawrence homes being inspected before they get space heaters, smoke detectors
Dozens of teams were deployed Monday to do safety inspections on homes in Lawrence before the distribution of space heaters and smoke detectors.
Fire officials warn Merrimack Valley residents to be extra careful using space heaters, hot plates
Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey reminded residents that kerosene heaters are illegal in Massachusetts.
Lawrence mayor emerges as central figure in crisis response
Dan Rivera is suffering the effects of the disaster and also leading the response.
As relief efforts come, Lawrence residents’ ‘nerves are so on edge’
Monday will see the launch of a massive gas pipeline replacement project and the distribution of thousands of space heaters.
Gas infrastructure in Mass.: A recipe for disaster?
The gas lines that wend through the state, beneath city streets, and into people’s homes are overseen by a patchwork of bureaucracies and a regulatory system that largely trusts utility companies to police themselves.
National Guard members deliver hot plates to Lawrence residents
About 7,000 hot plates are being handed out to Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover after gas explosions and fires. And space heaters will be provided to residents, but the weather will get much colder before repairs are complete.
Baker, Columbia Gas unveil massive recovery plan
A retired Navy Seabee, Captain Joseph Albanese, has been hired by Columbia to take on the role of managing the multimillion-dollar effort to restore gas service.
Gas service could take ‘several months’ to restore in Merrimack Valley
Governor Charlie Baker did not address Columbia’s prediction that it could take months, only saying that a proper plan is being put in place.
¿Son $10 millones de dólares suficientes para compensar al Merrimack Valley?
La cantidad correcta será lo que sea que se necesite para restituir los vecindarios afectados y para que las víctimas puedan rehacer sus vidas.
Columbia Gas has a plan for speedy pipe replacement. Is it safe?
Columbia Gas wants to dramatically speed up the replacement of 48 miles of pipes in the Merrimack Valley after last week’s disaster. But experts said that plan is unrealistic and potentially dangerous.
Lawrence teenager killed in gas explosion is mourned at funeral
Leonel Rondon was killed after a gas explosion toppled a chimney onto the car he was in. He was the only fatality in explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley.
Columbia Gas withdraws $33 million rate increase
The rate hike for customers was supposed to take effect while the utility is responding to a gas catastrophe in the Merrimack Valley.
Days after Merrimack Valley disaster, Columbia Gas faces first lawsuits
The company said in a statement that it remains committed to providing compensation to the thousands affected by last Thursday’s crisis.
Pressure inside Columbia Gas pipes was 12 times higher than normal
Electricity, which was cut off last Thursday to some 18,000 customers as a safety precaution, has been fully restored.
Lawrence area residents will not have gas restored for weeks as pipes are replaced
Miles of cast-iron and steel pipes will be replaced in the Lawrence area, according to utility officials.
Lawrence police officer discovers his own home was among the fires
With so many fires and explosions erupting in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover, firefighters couldn’t reach Ivan Soto’s home in time.
Amid destruction, Lawrence residents mark resilience, responders’ outreach
The evacuation order was lifted at 7 a.m. Sunday. But the hardships are not over: About 8,600 homes still have their gas service turned off, and restoring normalcy will take time.
A survivor of the Lawrence explosion: ‘We are homeless, but we are not family-less’
Francisco Brea was heading home to south Lawrence Thursday night when the call came from his wife: something had exploded, and flames were shooting from the chimney. His home is damaged, but his family is intact.