Columbia Gas: Western Massachusetts residents should feel safe in their homes

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Recovery efforts continue in the eastern part of the state, days after a series of gas explosions killed a young man, injured several others, and forced thousands out of their homes in the Merrimack Valley.

Columbia Gas spokesperson Scott Ferson told 22News Columbia Gas takes full responsibility for making things right with the customers and plans to help those affected regain some normalcy.

The company announced Tuesday a $10 million donation to the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund as a part of their ongoing commitment to provide support to the victims of the explosions.

The explosions are being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said investigators are looking into pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken off-line shortly before the blasts and “human error” could be to blame. Ferson said Columbia Gas’ system is safe and western Massachusetts residents should feel safe in their homes or businesses.

Ferson said Columbia Gas plans to replace 48 miles of pipelines in Merrimack Valley. The company stated the state’s aging pipelines are a concern. They are now reviewing their inspection procedures to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Watch 22News Starting at 5:00 p.m. for the full report.

Columbia’s helpline for customers affected by the Sept. 13 incident is 1-866-388-3239.

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