Authored By: Candace Whitman
On Thursday, September 14th, A deadly gas explosion killed one person, injured at least 25 people, destroyed around 80 homes, and displaced as many as 8,000 people in Lawrence, Massachusetts. According to Nate Raymond of Reuters, this incident is “the largest natural gas pipeline accident in the United States since 2010.”
Reuters reports that a lawsuit has been filed by Lawrence resident, Francely Acosta, against NiSource Inc. and its subordinate company, Columbia Gas, who serviced the utilities in the area. Acosta says that the company failed to replace outdated, dangerous parts in the pipeline system and ensure that the pipeline was safe. The resident says the system was “poorly maintained, antiquated, obsolete, and highly dangerous.”
Raymond states that U.S. Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren said in a letter to NiSource that “the pressure in the pipeline system had been 12 times greater than it was intended to hold.”
The lawsuit is seeking damages on behalf of the effected residents and an order for NiSource to adopt safer maintenance practices.
To learn more about this case, click here to read Nate Raymond’s article on the subject.
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