That sucking sound Dorchester residents in the area of Dorchester and Crescent avenues heard last night was a hazardous-waste company vacuuming up the oil that spilled out of two failed NStar transformers down a manhole - so that NStar workers could then repair the transformers.
Update, 9:15 p.m. NStar reports more than 2,500 customers in Boston and Brookline have no power.
An NStar transformer in an underground vault along Beacon Street self-immolated shortly before 8 p.m., plunging many of the blocks around into darkness. Power in both Boston and Brookline was affected; fire officials refrained from exclaiming "oy, the vault!" but they were probably thinking it.
The outage... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld the basic logic behind a state decision to fine National Grid and NStar for their responses to Hurricane Irene and a snowstorm two months later, but said state regulators were a bit too overzealous in the fines they levied.
The ruling by the state's highest court means National Grid has to pay a $17.8 million fine for failing to... Read more
Spectra Energy holds an information session today on its plans for a new gas pipeline that would run through Westwood, Dedham and West Roxbury and include a "metering and regulating" facility across Centre and Grove streets from the quarry.
And the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a formal hearing on the proposed 5-mile pipeline on Monday.
The session today begins at 5:30 p.m.... Read more
Ethan Long reports a pole-mounted transformer blew around 8 p.m., taking out power in the area of North Harvard and Cambridge streets.
David Finnerty photographed Peabody Square tonight after the power around the T stop went out.
Shortly after 8:15 p.m., Union Square went dark, the victim, Nstar says, of "damage to high voltage equipment." It proved an inconvenience to many, but a lucky few found it kind of nice, as Spatch reports:
Power outage in Union Square; the block with Bronwyn was affected. Anniversary dinner in growing darkness is very romantic.... Read more
Amanda reports a tree fell on the wires, plunging the Highgate area into darkness.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports fresh pavement on Salem Street didn't last long before NStar came by to dig a nice big hole to do some work on its wires.
A concerned citizen reports on conditions in Chester Park:
Nstar placed nice little red flags out here in Chester park about two weeks ago. Hope they didn't need them. First, someone "collected" them and made neat little piles of flags here and there. And then they got mowed and shredded.
Crews were busy along Austin Street in Hyde Park yesterday, throwing up these new, bigger, plastickier utility poles.
With any luck, when they're done, they'll take down the old poles, rather than just leaving them up like they've tended to do over the years.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) says NStar has agreed to a community meeting on Tuesday to explain what it's doing to prevent a recurrence of the repeated power failures that left residents in and around Roslindale Square without lights or heat over the past winter.
The meeting, which Mayor Walsh is also planning to attend, starts at 6:30 p.m.... Read more
Firefighters are investigating a manhole at Dorchester Avenue and Fuller Street as the possible source of a blackout around Ashmont station and down Gallivan Boulevard. The favor of NStar's presence has been requested.
Another day, another power outage, this time in the area near Fallon Field.
Eric Gahan reports his power went out around 2 a.m. and was still out around 4:30 a.m.
Todd Johnson reports:
Back on, off from 2-8 am. Cold morning. A few familes on the street have babies and elderly.
This morningâ€™s scheduled outage in Rosi/West Rox was necessary... Read more
Ami Chitwood reports that as of at least 6:30 a.m., lights were out by the train station.
Is NStar powerless to prevent the recurring outages?
Went out this morning, NStar is promising to fix the latest of its Roslindale failures by 2 p.m.
Recent weeks have seen numerous power outages in or near Roslindale Square.