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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 12:09:56 PM

There are more than 3,000 leaks in the natural-gas pipeline system that serves the City of Boston, according to new research from Boston University and Duke University.

The new research is following on the heels of the devastating fires that were caused by natural gas leaks during Hurricane Sandy. Safety concerns have been raised because of potential flooding damage that may have been done to the gas pipeline pressure regulators located there.

As a result of the research in Boston, more than 3,356 separate natural gas leaks under the streets of Boston were found. “While our study was not intended to assess explosion risks, we came across six locations in Boston where gas concentrations exceeded the threshold above which explosions can occur,” said Nathan Phillips, co-author of the study,
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:14:55 AM

dooooooh
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 9:59:13 PM

Don't you smokers light up now!
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:13:19 PM

"Anyway yes cathodic protection would help." ---

I find it alarming that cathodic protection was NOT added to their pipeline network in the 1950s! All telephone, especially the transconditnental coaxial cables of that area, ALL had catholic protection, and we maintained connectivity between the lead sheath and the cathode bed relgiiously...and telephone cables aren't hazardous!
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DeserTBoB
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:10:19 PM

Two days after this article came out, a building in Boston blew up due to gas leaks. Gettin' bad back theyuh....ayuh!
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:07:44 PM

More exploding homes in the future.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:29:43 PM

Springfield Mass has an explosion this morning.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 9:56:33 AM

I imagine the only reason they didn't find more leaks is because they quit looking. Infrastructure like this continually needs to be maintained/updated.
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:38:24 AM

Natural Gas is just plain unsafe & should not be allowed inside any city !!!

DO WE REMEMBER ALLENTOWN ???
DO WE REMEMBER SAN BRUNO ???

WHO WILL BE NEXT ????
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:00:58 AM

usually age isn't friendly to things, they have to be updated every so often..
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:19:31 PM

I think the web page got changed. Anyway yes cathodic protection would help. Boston Gas does get some help from Tennessee Gas as their lines are fully protected and over protected in that area.

Bigger problem is that state PUCS have been reluctant to allow cost recovery unless the protection is some where mandated by NTSB. Distribution lines ar exempt from the Pipeline Safety Act. States Rights.

Given BG's lost and /or unaccounted for volumes are about 2.5-3% depending on time of year, I would think that the Mass PUC should approve the replacement and cathodic protection on cost savings to customers even though rates will go up initially. Now is the time to do it while gas prices are low.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:07:01 PM


This seems to b3e the article attached to this thread:

“Super-Sensitive,” Mobile Methane Detection Device A Boon For Public, Natural Gas Providers: PG&E Now Using It."

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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 10:00:51 PM

Had a large gas feeder line explode in NJ a few years back. Sure am glad that I did not live near the blowout. Those that did lost homes and more.
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Time to head for the hills
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not safe to stay
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 6:25:13 PM

Now that is dangerous.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 6:18:47 PM

Boston's gas pipeline system needs to be fixed.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 5:42:59 PM

beware!
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Nothing lasts forever. Reminds one of the old FRAM oil filter "pay me now or pay me later"
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 2:15:54 PM


For decades, the US has ignored her infrastructure and failed to maintain it. Inevitably, as they continue, things will start to break down, which will cripple any economic recovery.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 2:09:14 PM

the old pay me now or pay me later syndrome at work
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 1:41:26 PM

Aging infrastructure that doesn't get maintained or repaired for lack of funds. Infrastructure and general funds that are diverted by cities, counties, states, and the feds to programs that, in and of themselves may be good, but which rely on the very infrastructure that is allowed to crumble.

Catch 22.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 1:39:32 PM

lots of jobs available to replace pipes
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 1:24:21 PM

really scary
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 1:17:43 PM

Scary!
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 1:05:34 PM

It's not nat gas...it's FAHHHT gas from awl dem baked beans dey eat while dey watch DA HOPPUH!
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 12:54:57 PM

While the headline is trying to be a shocker - the article is really informative - and probably a bit of a pump for a IPO???
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 12:46:16 PM

In light of the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, this shouldn't be too surprising.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 12:38:29 PM

Great.

We are praying for those of you on the East Coast.
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2012 12:21:05 PM

It's not all that surprising as very few of the older lines have cathodic protection on them.
Water lines are even worse. In a chat with a Public Utilities manager in our area he stated that a 75% delivery efficiency is about the best most cities & municipalities attain. Again no cathodic protetion used which is very near sited. The repair cost of replacement line far outweight the cost of using a cathodic protection system (systematically used for a few decades now in the oil pipeline industry).
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