NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations After Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley - NECN

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations After Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley

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    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.

    Sri Lanka Gov't Was Warned About Bombing Threats: Officials

    [NATL] Sri Lanka Gov't Was Warned About Bombing Threats: Officials

    An extremist group had threatened bombings in Sri Lanka before explosions killed more than 250 people there on Easter Sunday, according to the health minister. he said intergovernmental strife was to blame for the lack of response.

    (Published Monday, April 22, 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.

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