Department of Public Utilities Announces Statewide Safety Review of Gas Distribution System

Department of Public Utilities Announces Statewide Safety Review of Gas Distribution System

Colin A. Young | The Metrowest Daily News

In the wake of the deadly gas explosion in the Merrimack Valley on Sept. 13, the Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday announced plans to hire an independent evaluator to examine the the safety of the natural gas distribution system statewide.

The cost will be paid by that state’s gas providers. California conducted a similar review of its gas systems in 2010 after a Pacific Gas and Electric gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. The utility was convicted of six felonies.

The evaluation will include a review of the physical integrity and safety of the distribution system and the operation and maintenance practices of all gas distributors in the state. It will analyze maximum allowable pressures and procedures in the event of abnormalities, compliance with Dig Safe rules and record-keeping…(Read the full story)

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