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Gov. Patrick to unveil new gas leak legislation

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Governor Deval Patrick is set to unveil legislation that would speed up the repair process for leaky gas lines around the state.

Gas line explosions have destroyed homes in recent years, including one in Dorchester earlier this year.

Patrick will hold host a ceremonial bill signing for a law that establishes uniform natural gas leaks classifications, requires gas companies to assess a grade to all reported natural gas leaks and imposes other changes.

The new legislation, adds a couple of bucks to the average homeowner's gas bill, but is expected to save tens of millions of dollars in the long run by fixing thousands of leaks.

Springfield is the site of the 2012 gas explosion that destroyed a strip club and injured 18 people.

A gas company worker accidentally punctured a line at the foundation of the building, which caused the explosion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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