After Blasts, Massachusetts Orders Natural Gas Safety Review

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Massachusetts regulators are calling for an outside review of the state’s natural gas distribution system in the wake of gas explosions and fires that affected three communities earlier this month.

The Department of Public Utilities said Wednesday it would name an “independent evaluator” to conduct a statewide assessment of both the physical integrity of the system and the policies and practices of companies that distribute natural gas.
The agency said companies must pay for the study, according to an emergency statement issued by the public prosecutor, Charlie Baker, after the September 13 disaster. Explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover killed one, wounded 25, and destroyed or destroyed dozens of homes and businesses.

The National Transport Security Council is investigating the cause.

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