Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Bay State Gas Company, d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts
Current Parent Company: 
NiSource
Penalty: 
$53,030,116
Year: 
2020
Date: 
February 26, 2020
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Secondary Offense: 
pipeline safety violation
Violation Description: 

Bay State Gas Company, d/b/a Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, agreed to pay $53 million and plead guilty to violating a minimum safety standard of the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act relating to the failure to implement procedures to prevent the over-pressurization of its low-pressure gas distribution system in South Lawrence during a pipe replacement project known as the South Union Project.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
U.S. Attorney-District of Massachusetts
Civil or Criminal Case: 
criminal
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Indiana
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
utilities and power generation
Specific Industry of Parent: 
energy generation
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Parent company note: 
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