Hassan calls for investigation into Keene gas scare

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4 Taken To Hospital Following Gas Leaks In Keene, NH, Officials Say.

KEENE, N.H. (CBS) — Gov. KEENE, N.H. (CBS/AP) — Officials say at least four people have been taken to the hospital after experiencing symptoms of exposure to carbon monoxide Saturday in Keene, New Hampshire. “The change in the gas mixture caused gas with a high Btu content to enter the distribution system,” the company said in a statement released Saturday. “We are currently investigating the root cause of the issue.

Teams of firefighters went door-to-door in this NH city to confirm there were no elevated carbon monoxide levels after a malfunction at a gas plant. (Source: WMUR/CNN) KEENE, NH (WMUR/CNN) – Some residents in this New Hampshire city were warned of the possibility of elevated carbon monoxide levels in their homes after an issue at a plant in the city. Maggie Hassan said she will ask the Public Utilities Commission to open an investigation after gas leaks left four people hospitalized and sent the Keene Fire Department on over a hundred separate carbon monoxide-related calls this weekend. “I urge all residents in the area to continue to stay vigilant and watch for signs of exposure, and if they suspect any issues, to shut off gas appliances and heating systems, evacuate to safety, and call 911,” said Gov.

Liberty Utilities officials say the power problem caused operational issues, and advise anyone who experiences dizziness or headaches to immediately get fresh air. If they’re having any symptoms potentially related to light-headedness or being dizzy or confused, or if you’re home alone, it’s going to be hard to determine that.” Throughout the day, rescue units were responding to the emergency calls from Liberty Utility customers who either smelled gas or had symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure.

Liberty Utilities said a power problem at their propane production plant in Keene led to operational issues Saturday morning that affected the mixture of propane and air flowing into the distribution system. Customers who have had their gas service disconnected or are experiencing other gas service-related problems is asked to call Liberty Utilities at (603) 352-1230. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. The department said that, during a 10-hour period of their response, they and other companies their responded to about 1,200 buildings in Keene–all of which were cleared of any carbon monoxide hazards.

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