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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:31 pm 
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At least 39 homes have been damaged by natural gas line explosions across three communities in the north Boston area. The problem appears be over-pressurization of the gas lines from Columbia Gas. State police are telling anyone with gas service from Columbia Gas to evacuate. In addition, electricity has been cut to all building in Lowell, Andover, and North Andover.

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Emergency crews are responding to what they believe is a series of gas explosions and fires that damaged at least 39 homes and across three communities north of Boston and which prompted massive evacuations.

At least one home in Lawrence was leveled by an explosion as a result of a problem with gas lines that feed homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

State police said anyone with gas service from Columbia gas should immediately evacuate their homes. State police said gas lines are being depressurized, but that the process takes time.

State police reported that electricity was being cut to all buildings in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:40 pm 
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yum. a "natural" gas to use at home.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:22 pm 
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Yeah, yesterday was quite the news day while we were all watching the hurricane. Manafort, the gas thing, and the solar observatory thing that is so weird that I put it in Off the Beaten Track. (I like Sam's mercury bearing idea... the telescope is mounted on just about the biggest one anywhere.)

The gas thing is rather unsettling. Houses just started blowing up and/or catching fire. Lots of them. All over three towns in greater suburban Boston. Yes, they told anyone with that gas company to de-ass the area.

Conspiracy folk think Russian hackers did it, of course. The rest of us are going "WTF?"

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:06 pm 
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so they say it was over pressurization does that mean they just kept upping the pressure to make up for leaky rotting pipes instead of replacing or repairing them? and if so did the increased pressure cause them to deteriorate further and faster?

Natural gas explosions: Boston-area gas pipes among oldest and leakiest in US

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.........In its most recent filing with federal pipeline safety regulators, Columbia Gas reported 471 miles of cast-iron and wrought-iron gas distribution lines – the kind of old gas pipe that the government and safety experts have been pushing utilities to replace for more than a decade.

Fire investigators and state emergency management officials said Thursday night that the devastating chain of fires might have been caused by over-pressurization in the gas lines. Federal, state and local investigations continue today. Columbia Gas, which serves 300,000 customers in the Merrimack Valley, has not commented on the potential cause.

One man was killed and at least 10 other people were injured in the fires.

Whatever the cause, the area's bare-metal gas mains have been a well-documented safety concern for government regulators and the gas company itself for years, federal and state records show.

.The old cast-iron pipes prevalent in the Boston-area systems – some installed well more than 50 years ago – are susceptible to rust and corrosion, which can lead to leaks and explosions.

The old pipes have been blamed by fire investigators and the National Transportation Safety Board in many deadly gas explosion disasters in recent years.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has been pushing gas utilities for more than a decade to replace aging pipes with more resilient materials such as plastic, but it's not required by law........

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