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NiSource to Pay $143 Million to Settle 2018 Gas-Blast Lawsuits

July 29, 2019, 1:13 PM

NiSource Inc. agreed to pay $143 million to settle lawsuits related to a series of deadly explosions on its natural gas network that rocked several towns north of Boston in September.

The amount is part of a $1 billion fund for claims related to last year’s Merrimack Valley incident, the utility said in a statement Monday. The Sept. 13 blasts erupted in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, killing one person, injuring more than two dozen and damaging homes and buildings.

The pipelines that blew up are part of NiSource unit Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, one of the ...