Gas Pipeline Repair

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The Merrimack Valley gas explosions last Fall were a tragedy, robbing one young man of his life and forever changing the lives of many people living in that region. After years of changes pushed for and accomplished by reformers including Rep. Ehrlich, the time has come for a more comprehensive approach to public safety and sustainability. Having spearheaded two landmark laws that included the establishment of the uniform gas leak grading system, gas leak repair requirements, and pipe replacement acceleration Rep. Ehrlich this session is filing several gas-related bills.

Filed alongside State Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge) and State Senator Paul Feeney (Foxborough), An Act to Ensure Safety and Transparency in Pipeline Repair ensures that all construction, reconstruction, installation, alteration, or repair projects on public infrastructure that are not performed by the employees of the public utility are put out for public bid. The bill requires gas and electric companies to request prevailing wage rate sheets for each municipality they work in at least once every six months, and requires the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to develop a standard training model and requirements for all gas and electric workers. It would also mandate that utility workers to have OSHA 10 safety training.