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Preliminary Report Released for Boston Explosion

By Burg Simpson
October 12, 2018
2 min read

The preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday stated that over-pressurized natural gas lines were the source of the explosions and fires that devastated neighborhoods north of Boston on September 13th.

The report indicated that utility workers contracted by Columbia Gas had failed to account for critical pressure sensors as they replaced century-old cast-iron pipes in Lawrence last month.

That oversight caused more than 80 explosions and fires, killing one person and injuring about 25 others. The explosions also damaged 131 structures and destroyed five homes. Thousands of homes and businesses are still without natural gas service as Columbia Gas replaces 50 miles of pipeline.

The repair project is about one-third complete, and the company says all customers should have their gas service restored by November 19th.

The next phase of the federal investigation will examine the coordination between the emergency first responders and Columbia Gas, and study the analysis of the company’s engineering, design and construction plans.

The Department of Public Utilities is in the process of hiring an independent evaluator to assess the safety of the state’s pipelines. It has also has ordered all natural gas pipeline operators in the state of Massachusetts to review their procedures on pressure regulation, overpressure protection, energizing new and replacement pipelines, and tie-ins involving high pressure to low pressure distribution systems.

Burg Simpson is a nationally recognized Colorado-based law firm, and our attorneys are working to assist those harmed by explosions that occurred on September 13, 2018.  Michael Burg and his legal team have decades of experience litigating complex cases and are dedicated to holding those responsible for the explosions accountable.  Mr. Burg has significant experience handling cases for victims of gas explosions. Burg Simpson looks forward to providing a voice for those individuals and businesses affected by this tragedy.

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