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Columbia Gas agrees compensation package with Massachussetts city

07 October 2013

US utility Columbia Gas has signed a $650,000 agreement with the city of Springfield following the explosion on November 23 that destroyed a strip club and injured 18 people, Mayor Dominic Sarno said on October 3. The explosion happened after a CG employee accidentally punctured a gas pipeline while probing for a leak.

The blast destroyed the club and damaged about 40 other buildings, displacing a number of local residents.
The settlement represents compensation for the property damage and other expenses, but does not include repayments for open claims for wages and medical bills which are being processed on a case-by-case basis.
The Columbia Gas Foundation will also provide a $200,000 grant to the city to fund urban renewal plans in the affected area.
The worker involved in the incident immediately alerted authorities and the area was evacuated, probably saving lives.

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