Two gas leaks at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution recently have raised questions from Connecticut's Congressional Delegation. 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal are calling for an investigation into the November 13th and December 26th leaks.
They say both led to security and health risks to staff and inmates, citing the recent steam heat explosion at the West Haven VA as an example of inadequately maintained infrastructure.
Yankee Gas crews isolated the first leak and issued a red tag indicating a safety concern requiring immediate repair. The the leak last month, crews and firefighters were denied access due to poor communication at the facility. They were let in the next day, but the heat and hot water had to be turned off to a portion of the camp area, resulting in 47 female inmates being relocated to visiting rooms.
Blumenthal, Murphy, and Hayes are requesting that Warden Easter conduct an immediate assessment of the critical infrastructure at FCI Danbury to identify and remedy any emergent health and safety issues. They say there were also reports that the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler systems in the Camp have been malfunctioning or nonfunctional.