Gov. Charlie Baker’s bill that would require more oversight by engineers of natural gas work got a boost Tuesday when it was endorsed by the state’s public utility companies.
After natural gas explosions killed one person and caused massive property damage in the Merrimack Valley, Baker proposed legislation that would require all natural gas work that could pose a risk to public safety be approved by a certified professional engineer. The bill is pending before the Legislature.
At an oversight hearing before the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy with top executives from the state’s five natural gas utilities, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, asked if any of them believe lawmakers should not pass Baker’s bill.
“We support that bill and do hope that bill moves forward,” said Stephen Bryant, president and CEO of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, the company responsible for the gas explosions. The other four executives appeared to nod in agreement, and none spoke out against the bill. (read more)
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