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.

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    American astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history Friday with NASA's first all-female spacewalk. The astronauts walked outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 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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