Sponsors: Rep. Frank Moran of Lawrence in the House and Sen. Cindy Friedman of Arlington in the Senate.
This bill is based on lessons learned from the tragic Merrimack Valley gas explosion in 2018. This bill significantly enhances safety rules to protect the general public, first responders, and gas workers from dangerous conditions that may occur when crews are working on gas systems.
Currently, gas utilities depend too much on outside contractors to perform hazardous work. This bill creates a certification process to improve the tracking and rating of these companies. The bill also requires common sense improvements such as improved communication between towns and utilities regarding roadwork and gas leak repairs, increased inspections of gas pipelines, and improved access to under-street gas shutoffs that protect homes and businesses from fires and explosions.