Utility to pay $53M for gas explosions that damaged homes

THE U.S. Attorney's office in Boston announced Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, that Columbia Gas Columbia agreed to plead guilty to violating the Pipeline Safety Act following an investigation into the catastrophic gas explosions. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA
THE U.S. Attorney's office in Boston announced Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, that Columbia Gas Columbia agreed to plead guilty to violating the Pipeline Safety Act following an investigation into the catastrophic gas explosions. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA
BOSTON (AP) – A utility company blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes will plead guilty to breaking federal pipeline safety laws and pay a $53 million fine, federal officials said Wednesday. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will plead guilty to violating the Pipeline…

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