Longmeadow considering moratorium on Columbia Gas infrastructure work

Hampden County

Longmeadow is considering a moratorium on any expansion of Columbia Gas. 

Longmeadow wants to know what caused the Merrimack Valley gas explosions in eastern Massachusetts before they let Columbia Gas conduct construction work in their town.

Longmeadow’s Selectboard discussed a proposed moratorium on Columbia Gas infrastructure work in town Monday night.

Town Manager Stephen Crane told 22News the moratorium would temporarily restrict the town from issuing permits to Columbia Gas, for new installations and service work on town streets.

The moratorium was proposed after last month’s gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. 

“We want to make sure Columbia Gas has answers on what happened in the Merrimack Valley,” Crane said. “And can answer the question of what are they doing to prevent it from happening here.”

Crane told 22News the town would not restrict Columbia Gas from performing any emergency repairs or work in people’s homes.

He said the town has contacted Columbia Gas about their concerns.

Columbia Gas said it plans to restore gas service to residents in the Merrimack Valley by November of 19.

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