Thousands of Homes Still Lack Gas Service After Massachusetts Blasts

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The company at the center of the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September says it has restored gas service to about 60 percent of affected homes, but nearly 1,760 families remain in temporary housing.

The Sept. 13 blasts in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover destroyed or damaged more than 130 structures, injured dozens and left at least one person dead. Gas service isn’t expected to be fully restored until early December.
On Saturday, Columbia Gas released new data indicating that about 4,450 of the 7,500 gas meters closed after the explosion were served. The service was also restored to approximately 76 percent of the operating counters.

The company has announced that it has paid about 58 million dollars for customer claims so far.

Investigators blamed the excessive pressure of gas lines for explosions.

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