National Grid faces civil penalties for Water Mill home explosion – New York News

National Grid faces a civil-court action and penalties following a finding by the state Public Service Commission that it failed to follow rules in shutting off gas to a Water Mill home that later exploded, severely injuring two people.


The PSC has asked National Grid, which operates the natural-gas delivery system on Long Island, to show why the state agency should not commence the court action and penalties following an investigation of the Feb. 11, 2015, explosion.

The state probe found the company “failed to follow regulations regarding discontinuance of gas service to the property.”

Rules require gas companies to shut off service when customers request it. In this case, National Grid workers “simply removed the customer’s name from the account when they called to close the account,” but left gas service on, PSC said.

Two workers renovating the house at 21 Old Country Rd. “struck the natural gas facilities in the basement, causing gas to be released, resulting in the explosion,” the PSC said. Both workers were airlifted to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

National Grid could be forced to pay $100,000 or more per…

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