At the end of July 2019, a $143 million settlement was announced, connected to a September 2018 Massachusetts natural gas explosion that left one resident dead and 25 other residents injured. Other individuals were also affected, as 100 buildings and homes in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover were damaged. Due to the shared misfortune following the explosion, a class action lawsuit was filed against Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and NiSource Inc. A judge is now left to evaluate the terms of the settlement for approval. In the opinion of some, $143 million is only a small price to pay for the inconvenience and suffering of those who were forced to live without services of natural gas and must also rebuild their lives and homes. Continue reading
Pennsylvania-based utilities company, UGI, and the Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement have submitted a joint settlement regarding a deadly 2011 Allentown natural gas explosion. UGI has agreed to pay $386,000, the maximum fine possible. They also need to increase their efforts to replace cast-iron pipeline that played a role in the tragic incident. The natural gas explosion killed five people, injured dozens, and destroyed numerous homes. The investigation following the event alleged that UGI had ignored warning signs for the explosion. Had they been addressed the catastrophe could have been prevented.