Lawsuit Filed Against Columbia Gas in MA
October 2, 2018
The region-wide (North Andover, Lawrence, Andover) explosions of Sept. 13 has economic and safety ramifications that will stretch far beyond Columbia Gas’s promised Nov. 19 deadline for restoration. Far too many homes are without heat and businesses without gas. Night temperatures have dropped, and daytime temperatures are soon to follow. Some home in the impacted area have electrical systems that aren’t even compatible with the small space heaters Columbia Gas is sending to people’s homes.
Partner Patrick Haines recently spoke to the communities and explained how individual lawsuits and a class action suit limited to businesses have been filed. Having local businesses suddenly closing en masse is likely to ravage the region’s economy as well as impact its communities’ revenues.
And there’s also the issue of property values. Not many people are likely to buy a home that has no gas or is near a home that exploded.