Gas leaks

The existing distribution pipes in Boston are leaking huge amounts of natural gas. The energy producers would like to sell more gas to the utilities, but, if there is a need for gas, why is the gas we’re already buying allowed to leak out?

Boston

City Maps of Gas Leaks – Massachusetts – From Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) (2015)

Weymouth, Mass. – Gas leak occurred on Jan. 6, 2017

Video of gas leak found at proposed site of WRL pipeline’s M&R station (YouTube) – From Gas Safety USA and Boston University researcher and associate professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips. A leak was found right where Spectra is doing construction! (Jan. 4, 2016)

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Image of gas leaks in West Roxbury: Gas Safety USA. Courtesy BU professor Nathan Phillips.

“Leaks widespread in state’s gas lines,” by David Abel, Boston Globe, Aug. 21, 2015.

“Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks: Building a Bigger System Doesn’t Fix the Problem,” Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, “Currents” newsletter, Spring 2015.

“Boston’s Got a Gas Problem as Methane Seeps from City,” by Bobby Magill and Climate Central, Scientific American, Jan. 23, 2015.

“Boston’s natural gas infrastructure releases high levels of heat-trapping methane,” Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Jan. 22, 2015.
Quote: “The Harvard-led team estimates that each year about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the Boston region’s delivery system.”

A 2012 BU study found natural gas leaks.

A flyer about the risks of new gas pipelines, provided to us by Mothers Out Front: Color for sharing onlineBlack-and-white for printing

“Power Shift – Rampant City Gas Leaks,” aired on living on earth, PRI’s Environmental News Magazine, on Jan. 13, 2012.

California

An underground gas leak in the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Field began Oct. 23, 2015 and caused the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes near Porter Ranch, Calif. About 1.6 million pounds of methane is leaking every day, making it the largest such leak in California’s history and a significant contributor to global warming — the equivalent of driving millions of extra cars every day! It was four months before the leak was plugged, by which time approximately 100,000 metric tons of methane had been lost.

“5 Facts to Know about the California Methane Leak,” Tia Ghose, LiveScience, Dec. 31, 2015.

“This Is How Much the California Gas Leak Is Hurting the Planet,” Justin Worland and Heather Jones, Time, Jan. 14, 2016.

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