Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

NTSB: Pressure rise reported in Massachusetts gas pipeline

NTSB: Pressure rise reported in Massachusetts gas pipeline

"We still have a long way to go, but I am so happy that people can return back home this morning", Baker said in a tweet.

"It looked like Armageddon, it really did", said Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael B. Mansfield.

A strong gas odor has brought officials back to one of the MA communities rocked just days ago by natural gas explosions and fires.

"We're very interested to understand the operations of Columbia Gas", he said.

A full report on the exact cause may not be complete for up to two years, he said. Leonel Rondon, 18, died after a chimney fell on his auto in Lawrence.

There is no evidence at this time that anything nefarious contributed to the fires, Sumwalt said. He later died at the hospital, authorities said. It will take two more phases to restore gas: "assessing the damage to the low-pressure gas system" and "technicians inspecting all gas equipment from the meter, where gas enters a building, and throughout a building to all the appliances", according to MEMA. They say their system is up to date, modern and created to ensure that when gas flows into a customer's home, it's flowing at the appropriate pressure.

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"We want to wholeheartedly thank the members of our police and fire departments who have worked nonstop and our utility companies, which are from all over the country, who are making these impacted homes safe".

Mayor Daniel Rivera of Lawrence, one of the affected towns, said of the company, "It just seemed like there's no one in charge, like they're in the weeds, and they've never seen this before".

Residents, he said, they should make sure to keep lists of any expenses they incurred from their displacement whether it's spoiled groceries and broken appliances or child care and lost wages.

The Red Cross reported Friday that about 400 people were staying in shelters.

Baker added that much more work remains in the recovery effort. The governor and Columbia Gas of MA president Steve Bryant have quibbled over the utility's level of preparedness.

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