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Industry News

Section 7 of Chapter 149 of the Acts of 2014 (An Act Relative to Natural Gas Leaks) contains the following provisions:

“SECTION 7. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, explosive material, as defined in 527 CMR 13.03, shall not be used to fire a blast in any blasting operation at a site primarily used as a source of mined products from the earth if such site is within 500 feet of a natural gas pipeline or metering and regulation station without written approval by the department of public utilities.”

If you have any questions regarding the these requirements, you may contact the Department of Public Utilities.

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In Memoriam

We as an industry, have not only lost a friend but one of our greatest assets. Terri Barton has been with this industry since the early 70's. Starting with the American Blasters Assoc. A small group of blasters meeting at her home, with her cooking and handling the business of the Association. As the Blasting Industry expanded and Became The New England Chapter of the Explosive Engineers, and the Board of Directors grew we had to move to larger facilities and still Terri, made sure we were all fed and continued handling the business at hand. Handling the finances, scheduling meetings, classes, the newsletter and all mailings needed to keep membership up to date with regulations and industry changes.  We all remember the Mini Expo's. Only after working on several expo's with her did I realize the hours and dedication she put in on "our behalf" all this while continuing to run her business and volunteering with many local organizations.
Without her constant dedication we would not have the Organization we have today.  Because of her constant updates required by the ISEE the NESEE has won many awards from the ISEE from Newsletters to Chapter Leadership Awards.
I don't think there is one person in the industry who has not known who Terri was, or has benefited from her help in some way. I know her absence will create a huge void in the NESEE.
Gratefully Submitted
NESEE Board of Directors

Theresa M. (Santella) Barton, 77 of Hudson passed away three days shy of her 78th birthday, on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at UMass Hospital in Worcester with her beloved family by her side. She joins her husband of 54 years, Alfred R. Barton, who predeceased her on July 23, 2015. Theresa is survived by her daughter, Tammy A. Johnson, and her husband Todd, their children Alexandra, Samantha, and Calvin, all of Hudson, and her son, Michael R. Barton and his son Michael Joseph both of Waltham. She also leaves behind many loving friends. Theresa was born in Marlborough, MA the only daughter of the late Michael J. and Marion (Palermo) Santella. She was raised in Hudson, where she graduated high school and later married the love of her life Alfred Barton. Theresa was self-employed, operating T Business Services, doing bookkeeping for over twenty-six years until her passing. Theresa was a lifelong member of Christ the King Church in Hudson until the day it was closed. She was a volunteer at Marlborough Hospital Auxiliary, the Hudson Senior Center, and an active member of the Sons of Italy. She enjoyed knitting, cooking, spending time with her family, and spoiling her grandchildren. A period of calling hours will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central St, Hudson, MA. A Funeral Service will be held the following day at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 1, 2017 in the Church at Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home, followed by a procession to Saint Michaels Church for Final Committal Services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Fresh Start Furniture Bank of Hudson.