BOSTON — The fires and explosions that took place in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley last month have prompted state Attorney General Maura Healey to request Columbia Gas' plans for the safe restoration of gas and compensation for the residents affected.
In a letter to Columbia Gas, Healey seeks a meeting with the company's executives to learn their implementation and recovery plans for the area.
“In the wake of this tragedy, I have heard from many residents and businesses who have suffered significant losses yet remain in the dark about Columbia Gas’ claims process and the plans for restoring gas service,” Healey said in a statement. “I am demanding information from Columbia Gas about its specific plans because these people need and deserve answers and clarity as they rebuild their lives and communities.”
Also in her letter, Healy demanded specific information on Columbia's recovery efforts, including safe pipe replacement, communicating updates to customers via text or other methods, electric bills for customers forced to use electric space heaters and hot plates, accommodating those customers who have alternative housing arrangements and customer reimbursement for their losses due to the disaster, the Attorney General's Office said.