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.
There's no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday. As federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday's disaster, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that there doesn't appeal to be "anything nefarious, anything suspicious, anything intentional.'' He said investigators will be working to develop a timeline going back at least three weeks, including reviewing any reports of gas odors reported by residents in the impacted communities of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover. Investigators will also look at how local Columbia Gas officials responded to a "pressure increase'' in the Lawrence area that was detected at the company's pipeline control center in Columbus, Ohio, prior to the explosions and fires. "We're very interested to understand the operations of Columbia Gas,'' he said. Sumwalt said NTSB investigators expect to be on site up to ten days but a … [Read more...] about Investigator: No Evidence Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions Were Intentional
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Danny McDonald Globe Staff September 15, 2018 The state’s two US senators and the congressmen representing the Merrimack Valley communities rocked by gas fires and explosions Thursday have sent a letter to Columbia Gas criticizing its “woefully inadequate response” to the disaster that forced thousands of residents from their homes.US Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Niki Tsongas of Lowell and Seth Moulton of Salem addressed the sharply-worded letter Friday to Steve Bryant, president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.The Democratic lawmakers said they were “troubled by the failure of you and your leadership team to effectively communicate with customers, impacted communities local and state officials, as well as respond to inquiries from our offices over the past twenty-four hours.” Advertisement … [Read more...] about Mass. lawmakers rip Columbia Gas for ‘woefully inadequate response’ to Merrimack Valley fires, explosions
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Matt Stout Globe Correspondent July 02, 2018 He’s ping-ponged across the Merrimack Valley, knocking doors and canvassing neighborhoods. His volunteers are preparing to hit the phones to reach voters, and internal polling shows a vast majority of Democrats in the Third District view him favorably.Mayor Martin J. Walsh, though, is no candidate. He just may be the state’s most active campaign surrogate this year.As his former chief of staff, Dan Koh, runs for Congress, Walsh has taken on an increasingly visible role in the campaign, putting his name and popularity behind the first-time candidate in towns and cities far from Boston’s borders. Advertisement Walsh has already knocked doors in Hudson and Fitchburg in recent weeks, and his longtime partner, Lorrie Higgins, tapped the mayor’s volunteer network, asking them in an e-mail to … [Read more...] about If you see Marty Walsh in the Merrimack Valley anytime soon, here’s why
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A male political theory professor said Friday he won’t apologize to a female gender studies professor for a joke about “ladies’ lingerie” he made while both were riding in a crowded elevator. The public spat comes amid heightened sensitivity to sexual misconduct propelled by the #MeToo movement. Professor Ned Lebow, who teaches political theory at King’s College London, told The Associated Press that he has refused to apologize because he did nothing wrong and because a complaint filed by Professor Simona Sharoni against him with the International Studies Association is “frivolous.” Sharoni, a professor of women’s and gender studies at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, said in a complaint she filed last month that she was standing near the elevator at a San Francisco hotel and she offered to press the elevator buttons when Lebow “said with a smile on his face, ‘women’s lingerie’ and all … [Read more...] about Male professor won’t apologize over lingerie ‘joke’ to Merrimack College professor