Request for Revisions to the Columbia Gas Settlement and Action by Lawmakers

Request for Revisions to the Columbia Gas Settlement and Action by Lawmakers

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Maureen Taylor started this petition to Superior Court Judge James Lang and

As individuals affected by the 9/13/2018 Columbia Gas Explosions that occurred in our closely-knit communities, we would like to voice our objections to the proposed settlement. The settlement will be reviewed by Superior Court Judge Lange on Monday afternoon. We believe the current settlement needs significant revisions to make it fair for all affected residents.

 In regards to the proposed settlement document titled ”Class action settlement agreement,”  here are just a few concerns:


Section 1.32: ”Released claims” We believe it maybe premature to release Columbia Gas from all other claims that are still open. Many residents remain with unpaid loans that they had to take to cover Columbia Gas damage. In addition, many other expenses for related repairs remain unreimbursed. Columbia Gas should be required to provide documentation and honor their prior commitments about those problems.


Section 2.09 allows Columbia Gas to void the settlement if any order of the Court would cause their costs to exceed $140 million. Increases in attorney’s fees or Incentive Award to their clients would not void the settlement, but reduce the amount available to all other class members.


We would request that this verbiage be changed before the Court allows the settlement to go forward.


Section 3.02 ”Settlement”  We should  request adequate resources be provided for those who may have education challenges and language barriers to assist with completing necessary paperwork with regards to the settlement at a convenient location within our community.

 


”Settlement Amount”  We do not believe the proposed amount of $143 million fairly compensates the affected individuals for physical, emotional and property damage. The settlement provides for six “levels” of payment to class members, starting at $50, and increasing up to a maximum limit of only $15,000.


Other concerns:  Many individuals are still suffering from PTSD. We request that the settlement provide for adequate counseling services.


In the settlement document, a “Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee” to oversee the settlement is mentioned. The six listed members are all lawyers, mostly from out of town. We request only local community members who are part of the class be appointed to that Committee.


The State has just now again stopped Columbia Gas from performing non-emergent repairs. We all have serious concerns about the quality of the repair work and adequate prevention of another tragedy on the part of Columbia. The affected community members should request better communication from Columbia Gas and a reasonable plan to prevent another tragedy.
  
We also need to express disappointment in Senator Warren and Rep. Moulton for the total lack of support to the community. We need you to step up and help!

 

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