Columbia Gas called to Monson, Palmer for over pressurization of gas lines

Hampden County

MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents of Monson and Palmer were notified by Columbia Gas of an over pressurization of their gas lines early Tuesday evening. 

“While Columbia Gas is currently stating that there are no on-going safety concerns, you may see their employees throughout town for the next two to four hours inspecting their infrastructure,” Monson town officials stated.

Palmer Police confirmed with 22News that Columbia Gas has also reached out about a spike in their gas pressure reading for Palmer. Columba Gas crews are currently conducting a routine field survey in both towns.

Columbia Gas spokeswoman Sheila Doiron told 22News the reading for the gas lines showed a “reading slightly above normal” just before 1 p.m. and returned to normal after a few minutes.

Columbia Gas crews will be conducting leak surveys on gas mains and service lines in Palmer and Monson until 11 p.m. According to Doiron, the gas meters on that line have a regulator that would prevent any possibility of over-pressurization. 

If you smell gas or have any concerns for your safety, you are urged to exit your home or business and call 911 outside.

If you call 911, Monson fire officials will come to your home and evaluate.

Any questions about your natural gas service should be directed to Columbia Gas at (800) 688-6160 or (800) 525-8222

This is developing breaking news. 22News will bring you updates as more details come in. 

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