Three Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, communities impacted by the series of gas explosions and fires on Sept. 13 have reached a settlement with the company responsible for the disaster, Kallanish Energy learns.
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent company, NiSource, have reached a settlement to compensate Lawrence, Andover and North Andover for the costs associated with the response to the gas explosions last fall.
The disaster, caused by over-pressurized gas lines operated by Columbia Gas, sparked “an unprecedented emergency and municipal services response” in each of the affected communities, according to a statement.
Beyond the initial responses to the fires and injuries on the day of the explosions, local authorities had to staff overtime and pay contractors in order to repair damaged roads and work on the nearly 50 miles of roadways dug up and patched so workers could replace gas infrastructure.
Details of the settlement are expected to be shared today, when officials in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence will hold a press conference in Andover alongside leaders of Columbia Gas, MassLive reported.
In a joint statement, a spokesperson said the resolution “goes above and beyond direct repairs and reimbursements” to the 8,000 natural gas customers impacted by the disaster, and will fund complete road restoration across the three communities.
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