It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. An act entitled "An Act to Incorporate the Providence Gas Company" passed at the June session of the general assembly, A.D. 1847, as the same has been from time to time amended, is hereby further amended as set forth in sections 2 and 3 below:
SECTION 2. The Providence Gas Company, in addition to the powers heretofore granted to it, is hereby authorized and empowered to lay its pipes, make and sell gas, and exercise its other corporate powers in any and all locations outside the state of Rhode Island.
SECTION 3. The Providence Gas Company, in addition to the powers heretofore granted to it, is hereby authorized and empowered to lay its pipes and make and sell gas and exercise its other corporate powers in the city of Newport and in the towns of Burrillville (to the extent heretofore authorized by the division of public utilities), Charlestown, East Providence, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Hopkinton, and Westerly, or any of them, and for the purposes aforesaid but only with the consent of the city council of such city or the town council of any such town, to open the ground in any part of the streets, lanes, highways and public places therein for the purpose of laying and repairing pipes and for other purposes in connection therewith.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon passage.