Merrimack Valley gas explosions

A group of state and local environmental groups are bringing a documentary about the 2018 Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas disaster to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. “Under Pressure” explores the natural gas industry and the impact of the chain of explosions that ripped through dozens of homes in Eastern Massachusetts. It was created by Greenfield’s Four Rivers Charter Public School class of 2019, and will be screened at Berkshire Community College tonight at 5:30 along with guest speakers. Rosemary Wessel, the program director for the Berkshire Environment Action Team’s No Fracked Gas In Mass program, spoke with WAMC about the film, ongoing legislative responses after the disaster, and what role fracking plays in the commonwealth.

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A series of class action lawsuits stemming from the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts have been settled for $143 million, the utility blamed for the disaster and lawyers for the plaintiffs announced Monday.

The utility company involved in last month's explosions and fires in Massachusetts says it has replaced nearly 36 miles of main pipeline in the area.


Hoping to get natural gas service restored to several communities north of Boston before cold weather sets in, a utility company has announced a streamlined repair process. 


   In the wake of gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley, the safety of natural gas infrastructure across Massachusetts is being questioned. Activists are challenging plans to expand gas pipelines.