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Where does the Merrimack Valley gas crisis stand now

uk canada goose buy canada goose jacket A recovery process is underway this week after over 60 fires and at least three explosions broke out in homes across the Merrimack Valley last week serviced by Columbia Gas pipelines, leaving approximately 25 people injured and an 18 year old Lawrence man dead. The event displaced thousands of Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover residents. uk canada goose

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Dissatisfied with how Columbia Gas handled immediate recovery efforts, Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency Friday afternoon and put Eversource in charge. Long lines and frustration have met those who have flocked to a Columbia Gas claims center seeking help and answers.

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Here’s what what we know about the crisis as of Tuesday afternoon:

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Canada Goose sale “We have requested a hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee on this incident and we hope that you will cooperate fully and transparently with federal investigators,” the letter said. “We write to request that you provide us with information in order to help the American people understand why this terrible disaster occurred, whether the company was sufficiently prepared to respond to an incident of this magnitude, and how we can prevent any similar tragedy in the future.” Canada Goose sale

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Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB, said Friday agency investigators will review the pipeline system’s design, any completed upgrades or ones currently in the process, Columbia Gas’s management system and safety plan, and the emergency response.

The short answer: No.

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Getting the three communities back to regular service could take weeks, officials have said.

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Warren posted on Twitter Monday criticizing the company after news reports this week showed many residents waiting in long lines at a claims center.

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