A recovery process is underway this week after over 60 fires and at least three explosions broke out in homes across the Merrimack Valley last week serviced by Columbia Gas pipelines, leaving approximately 25 people injured and an 18-year-old Lawrence man dead. The event displaced thousands of Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover residents. People in houses and apartment buildings fled their homes last Thursday afternoon as firefighters stomped out the blazes and local officials cut electricity to the region as they worked to pinpoint the cause of the emergency. Leonel Rondon, a student at Phoenix Charter Academy, died after a chimney from an exploding house landed on a car he was sitting in near 35 Chickering Road in Lawrence, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office. In total, emergency personnel tackled between 60 and 80 structure fires and 150 emergency calls within hours, state officials said last week, adding that 8,100 to 8,500 gas meters were connected to the … [Read more...] about Where does the Merrimack Valley gas crisis stand now? Here’s what we know.
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Katharine Q. Seelye New York Times News Service, updated on September 15, 2018 LAWRENCE, Mass. — Emmanuel Peguero, 7, thought he had been walking for 80 miles on Saturday. And how many days would it be before he could return to his own home? One thousand, he predicted. In reality, his trek was closer to one mile. It seemed much longer, though, because of the extraordinary circumstances in which his family — and thousands of others — suddenly found themselves. On Thursday, a still-unexplained gas leak touched off scores of explosions and fires that ripped through three Boston suburbs. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes, many of which are still under quarantine and in areas where multiple new gas leaks were reported on Saturday. This freak disaster and its chaotic aftermath have given rise to an unusual sight in modern-day America — a river of humanity, lugging only the belongings they can carry in overloaded wagons, roller bags, strollers, … [Read more...] about ‘I’m just glad we’re alive’: Gas leak leaves thousands displaced and afraid
Updated 7:05 am CDT, Friday, September 14, 2018 Now Playing: A series of gas explosions has caused fires in more than 20 homes across three communities north of Boston. (Sept. 13) Media: Associated Press LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 6:43 a.m. The company that provides natural gas service to the Massachusetts communities affected by a series of gas explosions and fires says it expects "an extended restoration effort." Columbia Gas in statement Friday morning said it is "working with the appropriate authorities to investigate this incident in order to understand its cause." The series of explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes. The company says it needs to visit each of the 8,600 affected customers to shut off each gas meter and conduct a safety inspection. A house is destroyed in … [Read more...] about The Latest: Gas utility expects extended restoration effort
This week, the Metropolitan Utilities District has a final four of its own.The Omaha area’s water and natural gas utility is interviewing four finalists Friday to replace President Scott Keep, who is wrapping up the active part of his four-year tenure as president this week and retiring in June.One finalist, Mark Doyle, is an internal candidate who served on the MUD board, then as a senior vice president at MUD, including work on information technology, plus a stint as interim utility president. The second, John Craig, is a private transportation consultant, a former HDR Inc. executive and a former director of the Nebraska Department of Roads.The third, Mark Roberts, is a former mining manager at Kiewit Corp., a business manager at MidAmerican Energy and a fuel supply manager at Midwestern utility company Xcel Energy.The fourth, Kenneth Hansen, is a facilities manager at Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center who previously managed a business energy group … [Read more...] about MUD to interview 4 finalists for president today, and a hiring decision could follow
News / World by Press Association 02/04/2018, 10:48 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter China has raised import duties on a three billion dollar (£2.1 billion) list of US pork, apples and other products in an escalating dispute with Washington over trade and industrial policy. The government of President Xi Jinping said it was responding to a US tariff hike on steel and aluminium. But that is just one facet of sprawling tensions with Washington, Europe and Japan over a state-led economic model they complain hampers market access, protects Chinese companies and subsidises exports in violation of Beijing’s free-trade commitments. Already, companies are looking ahead to a bigger fight over US President Donald Trump’s approval of higher duties on up to 50 billion dollars (£35.5 billion) of Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over … [Read more...] about China raises tariffs on US pork and fruit in trade dispute