Gov. Rell Seeks to Ban 'Gas Blows' Following CT Plant Explosion

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    Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell says she is preparing an executive order to ban so-called ``gas blows,'' the procedure blamed for a deadly natural gas power plant explosion in Middletown in February.

    The announcement of Rell's order on Tuesday came shortly after a state commission she created recommended the state ban the use of flammable gas to clean gas piping until new national standards are put in place.

    Rell had not yet signed the order as of Tuesday evening. She said Connecticut should never forget the lives of the six men who died as a result of the blast and ``never compromise the safety of any worker.''

    Commission members made seven recommendations to Rell, including greater input from state agencies into the construction of new natural gas plants.