BOSTON (CBS) – Eversource Energy has officially taken over Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, the utility company at the center of the Merrimack Valley explosions.
Columbia Gas accepted responsibility for the 2018 disaster, when over-pressurized pipelines caused explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.READ MORE: When Will The FDA Give COVID Vaccines Full Approval? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your Questions
A federal judge ordered Columbia Gas to pay a $53 million fine and sell the company.READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 44 New COVID Cases, 8 Additional Deaths
Eversource paid $1.1 billion to purchase the natural gas assets of Columbia Gas in Massachusetts.MORE NEWS: 3 Boston Police Officers, City Sued For Alleged Excessive Force On 4 Protesters In May 2020 Riot
With state and federal approval of the transaction finalized, Eversource now serves more than 600,000 natural gas customers in 110 communities across Massachusetts. Columbia Gas previously served 330,000 natural gas customers in more than 60 communities in the state.