Statement on Behalf of Feeney Brothers Utility Services

A Feeney Brothers crew was working at the direction and with instructions from Columbia Gas on a low-pressure to low-pressure gas main tie-in at the intersection of South Union and Salem Streets on September 13, the day of the tragedy in the Merrimack Valley.

All of Feeney’s work was done with Columbia Gas’s oversight and according to written procedures provided to its crew by Columbia Gas and directly overseen by a union inspector employed by Columbia Gas.

Feeney’s crew and Columbia Gas’s inspector were interviewed by Columbia Gas managers in the early hours of Friday morning after which Columbia Gas reported that our crew was solid and had done nothing wrong.  This was subsequently confirmed by other Columbia Gas representatives who indicated that Feeney followed the Columbia Gas procedures correctly and as directed.

Feeney has assisted with the NTSB’s investigation and our four crew members have been interviewed by the NTSB.  While the investigation will take time, we have no doubt that Feeney’s crew will be found to have done their work professionally, safely and correctly.  We stand by our crew and all our workers.

We are standing by at the Feeney Brothers’ facilities in Lawrence with resources to assist the people of the Merrimack Valley and whoever is working to restore gas as soon as possible to this resilient community.

Contact:
Nancy Sterling
ML Strategies, LLC
(617) 348-1811
NJSterling@MLStrategies.com