Utility pleads guilty to federal charges over explosions

Federal prosecutors say a utility company blamed for natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018 has agreed to plead guilty.
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BOSTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a utility company blamed for natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018 has agreed to plead guilty to breaking pipeline safety laws and pay a $53 million fine.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston tweeted Wednesday that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will plead guilty to violating the Pipeline Safety Act following a federal investigation into the explosions that left left one person dead.

The FBI says the company is being held criminally and financially accountable.

The company says that it takes full responsibility for the disaster and that it is focused on enhancing safety and regaining customers’ trust.

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