Gas pressure returned to normal after brief scare in Monson, Palmer

Hampden County

MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – People in Palmer and Monson had a brief scare on Tuesday, after reports of over-pressurized gas lines. 

The town of Monson alerted people about reports of a brief over-pressurization of their gas lines around 5 p.m. Tuesday.   

Columbia Gas Spokeswoman Sheila Doiron said the readings for the gas lines in both Monson and Palmer were slightly above max pressure, just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Columbia Gas personnel were able to correct the situation and returned the line to normal operating condition within six minutes. But, Columbia Gas Crews were at different locations in Palmer and Monson until 11 p.m. conducting leak surveys on gas mains and service lines.

Over-pressurized gas lines are what led to the devastating gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley, last September. Explosions killed one person and damaged 100 structures, leaving thousands without heat and hot water for weeks. 

Columbia Gas insisted that there was no possibility that the same situation could have happened here in Monson because the gas meters here have a regulator that would prevent over-pressurization. 

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