WASHINGTON — The federal investigation into the September 13, 2018 Merrimack Valley natural gas explosions and fires has been put on hold due to the recent government shutdown.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had been investigating the disaster that killed an 18-year-old man, injured more than two dozen and damaged more than 100 structures. Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) announced Thursday that the investigation had to be placed on hold due to a lapse in funding for transportation and housing agencies.
The funding lapse for part of the federal government began on December 22, 2018, with President Donald Trump citing the lack of funding for the Mexican border as the reason behind it.
Gas in the Merrimack Valley was just recently restored by Columbia Gas, a month-and-a-half after the company's initial self-imposed restoration deadline.
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