Shutdown Puts Federal Investigation Into Gas Explosions On Hold

Lawrence Gas Explosion

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)’s investigation into September’s gas explosions in Merrimack Valley is currently on hold due to the partial government shutdown. The NTSB is one of the affected agencies.  

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the shutdown is “shutting down justice” for the residents affected by the disaster. Markey is a member of the senate committee that has jurisdiction over the NTSB.

“Without the results of the investigation, the people of this community cannot hope to move forward,” Markey said in the statement. “The residents of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover have already had to wait too long for answers; they should not have to wait any longer.”

Markey has called on Columbia Gas and its parent company, NiSource, to protect all information required for the investigation during this period.

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