Delays Persist In Federal Natural Gas Safety Regulations

Delays Persist In Federal Natural Gas Safety Regulations

Craig LeMoult  |  WGBH Radio


After natural gas fires and explosions rocked the Merrimack Valley in September, lawmakers called for new federal regulations on the pipelines that caused the disaster. But those kinds of safety regulations have been in the works for years and haven’t gone anywhere.

Sen. Ed Markey referenced the slow pace of new regulations back in November, when he participated in a hearing about the Merrimack Valley disaster in Lawrence. At the hearing, Markey laid much of the blame for the disaster on the agency charged with regulating the natural gas industry: the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA…(read the full story).

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