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Local lawmakers respond to the eastern Massachusetts gas explosions


COLUMBIA GAS HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED 10-MILLION DOLLARS. ASHLEY: IT’S BEEN FIVE DAYS SINCE THE GAS EXPLOSIONS IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS KILLED ONE PERSON, AND FORCED THOUSANDS FROM THEIR HOMES. 22NEWS REPORTER TAYLOR KNIGHT SPOKE WITH LOCAL LAWMAKERS ABOUT THE STATE’S RESPONSE TO THE EXPLOSIONS. DON HUMASON “PEOPLE STARTED WONDERING, IS IT SAFE TO TURN ON YOUR GAS, WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT CAUSED THIS?” IN THE WAKE OF THE GAS EXPLOSIONS IN LAWRENCE, ANDOVER AND NORTH ANDOVER, LOCAL POLITICIANS TOLD 22NEWS THE STATE WILL BE WORKING TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. DON HUMASON “THE GOVERNEMENT PLAYS A ROLE, AS DO REGULATORS. BUT WE HAVE TO FIND WHAT HAPPENED? FIRST AND FOREMOST, MAKE SURE IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN. ANYWHERE ELSE.” TAYLOR KNIGHT THE EXPLOSIONS IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SERVED AS A REMINDER TO LOCAL LAWMAKERS OF THE DAMAGE A GAS LEAK COULD CAUSE. 18 PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN 2012 WHEN A NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION DESTROYED MULTIPLE BUILDINGS ON WORTHINGTON STREET. STATE REPRESENTATIVE NICHOLAS BOLDYGA AND STATE SENATOR DON HUMASON SAID PEOPLE NEED TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS. NICHOLAS BOLDYGA “WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS BEING DONE THAT CAN BE DONE. THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN OUT THERE EVERYDAY MAKING SURE THINGS ARE ADDRESSED.” LAWMAKERS ALSO SAID THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THE GOVERNEMENT HELPS THE VICTIMS OF THE GAS EXPLOSIONS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. A RELIEF FUND IS BEING SETUP BY THE STATE, AND GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER SAID HE HOPES IT’S UP ABD RUNNING BY THE END OF THE WEEK. IN SPRINGFIELD TK 22NEWS.

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