Archive for November 2012

Natural Gas Leaks Cost Massachusetts Ratepayers $40 Million a Year, Severely Damage Environment

Nov 30th, 2012 | By Mark
Methane leaks as mapped across the City of Boston by Boston University Professor Nathan Phillips. Phillips and his colleagues identified 3,356 leaks with methane concentrations exceeding up to 15 times the global background level.

Natural gas leaking from an aging and increasingly compromised distribution infrastructure costs Massachusetts consumers nearly $40 million annually and significantly contributes to ongoing environmental destruction wrought by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to a new white paper issued recently the Conservation Law Foundation. Ed. note: If you enjoy the coverage and content you get here
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ProPublica Does A Comprehensive Pipeline Safety Story

Nov 20th, 2012 | By Mark
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If you’ve ever tried to track data about pipeline safety, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that meaningful information is often elusive, buried deep within a federal website that’s difficult to use and seemingly constructed for insiders. ProPublica, the independent, non-profit news agency that has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s primary sources
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Indianapolis, Indiana Explosion – Details Remain Sketchy, Natural Gas Not Ruled Out

Nov 12th, 2012 | By Mark

Shortly after 11 p.m. EST, a massive explosion destroyed five homes and severely damaged as many as 80 others in Indianapolis, Indiana, according to recent media reports. Two people are presumed dead and seven more were injured in the incident, which occurred in the city’s southside Richmond Hill neighborhood. Several federal agencies, including the Department
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This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions – Nov. 5, 2012

Nov 6th, 2012 | By Mark
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Welcome to a special Hurricane Sandy edition of This Week In Natural Gas Leaks and Explosions. As the storm struck last week, it triggered a natural gas-fueled fire in the borough of Queens in New York City that destroyed more than 100 homes, as well as natural gas-fueled blazes that struck several locations in New
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Flood Damage to NYC Natural Gas System Could Pose Long-Term Public Safety Threat

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By Mark
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Even as firefighters struggle to extinguish natural gas-fueled fires above ground in New York City and New Jersey, damage done to the metropolitan area’s underground natural gas distribution system by the recent massive flooding may pose a significant, long-range threat to public safety, according to industry experts and documents obtained by Ed. note –
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