The Newton Fire Department reports it evacuated part of the Street mall on Rte. 9 after workers hit a gas main in front of the Container Store around 10 a.m. About 35 minutes later, National Grid managed to shut the gas off, freeing mall workers to return to their jobs.
Firefighters are at Quincy and Mascoma, hoping gas-company workers show up soon to help fix the hole in a six-inch gas main there.
UPDATE: Firefighters began clearing the scene around noon, but Quincy will remain shut for a few more hours so that National Grid workers can fix the main.
The Boston Fire Department reports the Heritage Elderly Housing building, 30 S. Bremen St., was evacuated this afternoon after a worker dislodged the building's gas meter, causing a gas leak that spread inside the building.
Nobody was injured; MBTA buses were brought in for residents while National Grid repaired the leak.... Read more
Channel 5 reports that National Grid will be cleaning a natural-gas pipeline by the Mystic River tomorrow by burning off the gas, starting around 6 a.m.:
The flare resulting from the natural gas purge could last up to eight hours and be seen throughout Greater Boston, the company said.
Also will result in "a large blowing noise."... Read more
The state reports that as of 6:30 a.m., nearly 140,000 Massachusetts customers remain without electricity - NStar 36,000 (about 850 in Boston) and National Grid 103,643.
Around 7... Read more
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reports that as of 7 a.m., 91,021 NStar and 339,947 National Grid electricity customers were without power.
Pizzeria Uno's Uno Chicago Bar and Grill that Used to Just Sell Pizza's bankruptcy filing shows the West Roxbury-based chain of not-pizza places owes WFXT $64,000 and Katsiroubas Bros. $54,000. The filing, in New York bankruptcy court, also shows the company owes NStar $112,000 and National Grid $95,000.
Although the Chapter 11 filing means the company remains open for business, it is closing outlets... Read more
Just be glad you haven't lived on eeka's block the past two months.
South Shore Pragmatist to National Grid and its proposed rate hike: Have you no sense of decency?
Channel 4 reports the utility is requesting state permission to cut its May-October gas rates by nearly 66% over what it charged in the same period last year.
As a National Grid gas customer, all I can say is: Yay.
In thousands of households in Revere, Everett, Malden, Medford and Melrose, alarm clocks lost their minds and started blinking "12:00," Channel 4 reports.
A friend currently dealing with family medical issues is told by a gas company dude that her gas pipes are ancient and they need to be replaced. OK, she says...and comes home to find her property ripped up six ways from Sunday (destroying hand-done landscaping), the sidewalk damaged, missing stonework from her yard, and...no sign of the company that was contracted by National Grid to... Read more
National Grid to dun city for damage to its gas mains after the water-main break earlier this week.
And there could be more service interruptions through the summer, National Grid (the Utility Formerly Known as Keyspan and Before That as Boston Gas) says.