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Columbia Gas Promises All Merrimack Valley Residents Will Be Home Before Christmas24:28
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Members of the public gather with members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a hearing on gas pipeline safety with leaders of Columbia Gas and NiSource on Monday in Lawrence. (Winslow Townson/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Members of the public gather with members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a hearing on gas pipeline safety with leaders of Columbia Gas and NiSource on Monday in Lawrence. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Columbia Gas said Monday that all Merrimack Valley residents displaced by the gas explosions in the region will be back in their homes by Dec. 16.

Company executives made the commitment at a congressional hearing held in Lawrence. They also said that they would compensate every resident injured by the explosions.

Sen. Ed Markey called the hearing. He and other congressional leaders grilled Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource. Notably, Markey and Rep. Seth Moulton called on the company's CEO, Joe Hamrock, to resign.

But, during an exchange with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Hamrock did not confirm that the costs of the disaster would not be passed onto ratepayers.

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Simón Rios, WBUR reporter. He tweets @simonfrios.

Niki Tsongas, congresswoman representing the Massachusetts 3rd district. She tweets @nikiinthehouse.

This segment aired on November 26, 2018.

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