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National Grid could be penalized for Little Falls house explosion

National Grid faces a potential financial penalty for the Little Falls house explosion in February.

Posted: Dec. 14, 2018 5:59 PM
Updated: Dec. 14, 2018 6:01 PM

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. -- National Grid faces a potential financial penalty for the Little Falls house explosion in February.

The Public Service Commission Friday ordered National Grid to explain why it shouldn't be fined.

There were alleged violations of gas safety regulations that led to the natural gas explosion on West Main Street.

Several homes were destroyed, and three people were hurt.

National Grid has 45 days to respond to the commission's order, their spokesperson sent in a statement saying:

"We fully cooperated with the resulting investigations after this incident and complied with all requests for information by the entities involved in reviewing the matter, including the New York PSC.

While we do not agree with all of the findings and conclusions contained in the Commission's investigation report, we take the show cause order very seriously and will respond to the Commission within the timeframe required by the order.

As always, we continue to perform regular inspections and maintenance of our gas system and adhere to all state and federal safety standards."

The PSC says there were three violations:

  1. Failure to seal the foundation wall to prevent leakage.
  2. Failure to ensure that individuals performing covered tasks are qualified.
  3. Failure to ensure those individuals have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform the tasks in a safe manner.

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